Wednesday, 16 Nov 2005
Olympic House (formerly Sports House)
Hong Kong 19461947 New Discoveries
Wednesday, 16 November 2005
2/F Olympic House (formerly known as Sports House) So Kong Po, Causeway Bay
Drinks 6.30 pm; Lecture 7.30 pm We are delighted to welcome Edward Stokes to lecture again to the Society on a highly exciting find of photographs of Hong Kong in 1946 47. In 1946, Hedda Morrison, acclaimed photographer of China in the 1930s and 1940s, reached Hong Kong. She stayed for six months and photographed every aspect of the community's traditional life: colonial precincts, tenement streets, bustling markets, itinerant hawkers, fisher folk and rice farmers. After masterful research, Edward Stokes helped find prints made from the original negatives, discovered at Harvard University, which have now been brought to Hong Kong. The stunning photographs have been in two exhibitions and published in the book Hedda Morrison's Hong Kong, Photographs and Impressions 1946 47 by Edward Stokes. This fascinating lecture vividly traces the discovery of these unique Hong Kong photographs and the enormous amount of research which has gone into what they reveal by Edward Stokes. It also explores the vanished Hong Kong seen in these telling photographs of the territory and the development and production of the book. The prints are now in the special collections of The University of Hong Kong Libraries. Edward Stokes is the photographer/author of several books on the natural landscape and environment and books on the history of Australia. He established the Hong Kong Conservation Photography Foundation in 1997 to raise environmental and conservation awareness in Hong Kong. Edward Stokes is Hong Kong's bestknown nature photographer and author of books on Hong Kong's natural landscape. Mr. Stokes has lectured and worldwide, including to the RGS in London and Hong Kong. He has also appeared regularly in many other media. Members and their guests are most welcome to attend this lecture, which is HK$50 for Members, HK$100 for Members' guests and HK$150 for others.