Photos from Hong Kong,

jonathanvansmit.com

Nigel Christian:
"I wouldn’t want to attribute a politics to van Smit’s images without hesitation because I suspect that this is not a message the photographer consciously intends to make. However, one way of understanding his work, and I emphasise this is just one way, my own personal way, is to say that if cityscape photographers show us the awesome constructive power of capitalism, street photographers like van Smit (and I’ve seen very few like him) show us some of the terrifying social power that capitalism has over the multitudes who live in the shadows of all those beautiful, familiar, towers.  Not just in Hong Kong, but everywhere in this city called Earth."

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