The Mongolian word Hutong originally means 'narrow alley'. In Beijing, it is also the name of the city's Old Town District, with its intricate labyrinth of alleyways, courtyards and small, grey brick houses, located in the area around the Forbidden City.
"In the evening, the sea of bright lights in the rest of the metropolis is barely noticeable in the Hutong. All you will find are some lanterns sporadically dotted around the alleyways. The few people that are still out have all settled somewhere warm, like in one of the many restaurants, kiosks or tea houses."
Born 1984 in Ulm, Germany, Christopher Domakis now lives and works in Berlin. During his extensive travels – particularly throughout Asia – he has created a number of remarkable series on highly populated urban areas.
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