Under Vancouver 1972-1982
Under Vancouver 1972-1982
These photographs of Vancouver from the 1970s and early 1980s show the city’s final days as a port town at the end of the railway line. Soon after these pictures were made Vancouver began to be noticed by the wider world (Expo 86 is generally agreed on as the pivotal moment), refashioning itself as an urban resort on nature’s doorstep and attracting attention as a destination for real estate investment. Back then, long before post-9/11 security concerns sealed off the working waterfront from the city, many of Vancouver’s downtown and east side streets ended at the waterfront, an area filled with commercial fishing docks, cargo terminals, and bars and cafés for waterfront workers and sailors. 


Made in and of the moment, they show a young photographer’s earliest engagements (often featuring the underside of the city). And although it was never the intention, the pictures now form a record of a Vancouver that has all but disappeared.

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Hotel Okinawa
Hotel Okinawa
Japan's southernmost prefecture hosts a concentration of US military bases unlike anywhere outside the continental US. More than half the 50,000 troops stationed in Japan are stationed in Okinawa. This large military footprint, and the legacy of Okinawa's history as a US-administered territory until 1972, means that the social and physical landscape is shaped by this relation with the US like few other places.


Hotel Okinawa looks at this unique world, on-base and off, separate and yet conjoined, the result of decades of living in close proximity with the US military.
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HK:PM
HK:PM
HK:PM, Hong Kong Night Life 1974-1989, shows the city I first discovered as a teenager, and later lived in for fifteen years. During this time I rarely saw photographs or other visuals that adequately described the city I was living in -except perhaps in gangster movies of the period. So I tried to make my own. The photographs in HK:PM were for the most part made before I became a magazine photographer, and so there was never really and "story" apart from the Hong Kong I was living in. Today they may have some historical or nostalgic value but at the time I was trying simply to make pictures of what it looked and felt like to be there.
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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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