The belly of Hong Kong photographed by a Filipino migrant worker

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Hong Kong has a vibrant and rich history which has created a broad spectrum of sub-cultures that co-exist in this city today. Meanwhile, few people are able to see the depths of the good and bad. Fortunately a young migrant worker from the Philippines has been shooting the city on her time off for the past 10 years.

The 27 year old domestic worker Xyza Cruz Bacani has been able to capture the essence of Hong Kong through dark and gritty photos, that have even earned her the Magnum Foundation’s Human Rights Fellowship for 2015. This acknowledgement will allow her to take an intensive six week photography study in New York.

Her work is truly exceptional because it captures the human condition in motion. Some of the shots even remind me of work from Henri Cartier Bresson. Have a look and enjoy.


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