City of Darkness – Life in Kowloon Walled City

Kowloon Walled City, an urban settlement in Hong Kong, was the most densely populated place on earth until it was demolished in 1993. The City was self-regulating, self-determening and self-sufficient, operating mainly outside of government control. Before the City’s demolition, photojournalist Greg Girard and architectural photographer Ian Lambot were drawn to the City and decided to work together on a book. In 1993, they published the first edition of City of Darkness, providing a unique record of life in the Walled City. Their photos show the unusual living conditions of over 30,000 people, residing on a mere six-and-a-half acres. Currently, Greg and Ian are producing a revised edition of their original book via a Kickstarter campaign. The revised edition will contain new materials, discuss Kowloon Walled City within a broader architectural and political context, and explore the myths and realities about the City.

To learn more about Greg and Ian’s project, visit the City of Darkness website.

City of Darkness - Life in Kowloon Walled City

City of Darkness - Life in Kowloon Walled City

City of Darkness - Life in Kowloon Walled City

City of Darkness - Life in Kowloon Walled City

City of Darkness - Life in Kowloon Walled City

City of Darkness - Life in Kowloon Walled City

City of Darkness - Life in Kowloon Walled City

City of Darkness - Life in Kowloon Walled City

City of Darkness - Life in Kowloon Walled City

City of Darkness - Life in Kowloon Walled City

City of Darkness - Life in Kowloon Walled City

City of Darkness - Life in Kowloon Walled City

City of Darkness - Life in Kowloon Walled City

City of Darkness - Life in Kowloon Walled City

City of Darkness - Life in Kowloon Walled City

City of Darkness - Life in Kowloon Walled City

City of Darkness - Life in Kowloon Walled City

City of Darkness - Life in Kowloon Walled City

City of Darkness - Life in Kowloon Walled City

City of Darkness - Life in Kowloon Walled City




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Awesome project well captured.

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