Hong Kong’s ‘Garage Dogs’: Photographer Marcel Heijnen Launches New Book

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Following on from the widespread attention and success of his ‘Shop Cats’ series, the Dutch photographer is back with another endearing and quirky series capturing the city’s canine population.



Self-taught photographer Marcel Heijnen, who has called Asia his home since 1992, started snapping Hong Kong’s shop cats in 2015, gathering an endearing collection of images that also reflects the curious and creative set ups that are the city’s small businesses.

Part three in his ‘Chinese Whiskers‘ project features Hong Kong’s gruff garage dogs, shot in arresting detail that helps paint a picture of life for our city’s loyal and loved ‘security personnel’. These photos are bundled in a new book, entitled Garage Dogs, in which they are paired with dry-humoured haikus by Singaporean writer Grace Chia.

The book, as well as two new calendars and an exhibition, will be launched on Thursday, 29 November from 6PM – 8PM. Heijnen will be present to sign his works.

As Heijnen and G.O.D. want to give back to Hong Kong’s less fortunate cats and dogs, 10% of the calendar sale proceeds sold during the launch will go to Lifelong Animal Protection (LAP) Hong Kong, an organisation that runs animal shelters in the territory.


When: 29 Nov 2018 - 29 Nov 2018 Where: G.O.D. (PMQ) – G/F, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street – Central