City of Darkness Revisited
City of Darkness Revisited
A revised, expanded and updated version of the original "City of Darkness", first published in 1993. The definitive record of one of Hong Kong's most notorious and misunderstood communities. "City of Darkness Revisited" adds new essays, maps, drawings and additional historical photographs and interviews to the story of the Kowloon Walled City, at the time the most densely populated place on the planet: nearly 40,000 people squeezed into 350 buildings, 12-14 stories high, packed into a single Hong Kong city block.
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Phantom Shanghai
Phantom Shanghai
After Mao's victory in 1949 urban development for profit in China came to a halt. For more than four decades Shanghai's skyline was unchanged. In 1992 a directive by Deng Xiaoping unleashed an unprecedented wave of development. Phantom Shanghai, with a foreword by novelist William Gibson, examines this unique moment in Shanghai, when accelerated development is imposed on a city preserved mostly by indifference to its past.
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In the Near Distance
In the Near Distance
In the Near Distance brings together early photographs, taken between 1973 and 1986, in Vancouver, Hong Kong, Tokyo and other places on both sides of the Pacific. My thanks to publisher Misha Kominek for his support. Here is how Sophia Grieff describes it:

In the Near Distance 1973-86 is the document of Greg Girard's early wanderings, the adolescent search for prospects and aims: nocturnal street sceneries, portraits of “sailors and friends”, images of creatures of the night and hotel rooms. In addition to black-and-white-materials Girard mainly used color slides during those years – and thus adds a new and important body of work to the color photography of the seventies. Consciously Girard uses the light of neon lamps and electric bulbs, explores the very particular, slightly shifted color temperatures of the slides and approaches a creative stylistic device that he brings to perfection in his work “Phantom Shanghai”, published in 2007. Inspired by the aesthetics of seventies movies, the literature of Peter Handke and by Asian culture, Girard very early finds an individual imagery, in which he strikingly captures his visual impressions, his emotions, as well as the atmosphere of the different places and stations of his journeys.
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Hanoi Calling: One Thousand Years Now
Hanoi Calling: One Thousand Years Now
To commemorate Hanoi's millennium anniversary in 2010 I was invited to make a photographic record of the Vietnamese capital. The result, Hanoi Calling, explores the often overlooked features that define daily life for its residents. Time has flowed hard through Hanoi and the book explores the city's unique architectural heritage in combination with recent planned and unplanned development. 
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City of Darkness - Life In Kowloon City
City of Darkness - Life In Kowloon City
The Kowloon Walled City was an astonishing Hong Kong original: 33,000 people living in over 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, built without the contributions of a single architect. Unregulated by Hong Kong's safety and health authorities, the Walled City covered one square city block in a densely populated neighborhood near the end of the runway at Kai Tak airport. In collaboration with Ian Lambot, I spent five years photographing and becoming familiar with how this place, so seemingly compromised and anarchic on its surface, actually worked -and to a large extent, worked well. The Walled City was demolished in 1992 but the photographs, oral histories, maps and essays in our book provide the most thorough record of daily life in Hong Kong's most outrageous architectural phenomenon.
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