In Hong Kong, one of the world’s wealthiest metropolises, there are around 130,000 people living in cages. While ever more luxury shops open just a few streets away, many inhabitants can no longer afford the increasing rents. To avoid living on the streets, they move into wire cages – their entire world reduced to a few square metres, a life shared with strangers.

Born in 1981, Löffelbein studied political science, photo journalism and documentary photography. Winner of UNICEF Photo 2011, his Hong Kong report earned him the 2013 Photo Philanthropy Activist Award and the Kolga Tbilsi Photo Award in the reportage category. In Hong Kong he worked with an M9, Elmarit 28 mm f/2.8, 21 mm f/2.8 und Summilux 35 mm f/1.4 Asph.

Please find Kai Löffelbein's reportage in LFI Magazine 4/2013:
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