Provoke & Beyond: The Hong Kong International Photo Festival 2018

Why We Recommend it

This year’s edition of the Hong Kong International Photo Festival features two exhibitions on experimental Japanese photography, alongside a wide range of satellite events that include talks, fairs, guided tours, screenings and workshops.


Under the theme ‘PROVOKE & Beyond’, the 2018 festival presents two major exhibitions.

Provoke the age, the acts: 50 years’ quest for a language to come is a group show paying homage to the legendary Japanese magazine PROVOKE, which was founded in 1968 by four young photographers. The self-published magazine—which folded after publishing only three issues—shook the art world and subverted traditional aesthetics of photography with its are, bure, boke (“grainy, blurry, out of focus”). Despite its short lifespan, PROVOKE became a cornerstone photography publication and continues to have a profound influence on Japanese photographers today.

The other exhibition, entitled Nakahira Takuma, features various phases of PROVOKE co-founder Nakahira’s creative practice, from the 1960s to his death in 2015. This is the late photographer’s first solo show in Hong Kong.

Visitors can join free guided tours in Cantonese, English and Mandarin through both exhibitions. Online registration is required.

The Hong Kong International Photo Festival also plays host to satellite exhibitions across Hong Kong, showcasing the work of visual practitioners working across different forms of expression. Shows include APPLES FOR SALE: The Parallel Worlds and Queer Lives of Hong Kong’s Housemaids and Ghost in the Shell, an exploration of Hong Kong guided by personal and collective memories via Google Earth.

Other events include a workshop on protest photography, classic camera fair, photobook showcase, and a talk by local photographer Chan Dick on his Chai Wan Fire Station series.


When: 25 Oct 2018 - 19 Dec 2018 Where: Various