Photographer Kai Löffelbein embarked on his second journey to Hong Kong in December 2012, in collaboration with LFI. At this year’s Photo Philanthropy Awards, he has now won the Student Grand Prize for his series ‘Hidden Hong Kong’. The prize honours collaborations between photographers and non-governmental organisations, whose support made the project possible, and allowed Löffelbein to explore the living conditions in the Chinese city: In Hong Kong, one of wealthiest and most populated cities in the world, many of its inhabitants literally live in cages, having found even the tiniest apartments on the outskirts of the city too expensive. Löffelbein’s journey resulted in shocking images of these ‘homesteads’ in cages, intimate portraits of their inhabitants, and remarkable images of Hong Kong. The series is to be published in an upcoming issue of LFI.
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