HKS Lecture

“The way we were” – Photographs and talk by Keith Macgregor

A journey through the Hong Kong of the 70’s and 80’s

with some contrasting images of what it is today

Date: Wednesday 13th March 2019
Venue: The Oriental Club, Stratford House, 11 Stratford Place, Marylebone, London W1C 1ES
Time: 6.30pm Cash bar, 7.00pm Lecture, 8.00pm Supper
Costs: Lecture only: £10 (members) / £15 (non-members)
Lecture and 2 course Supper including wine: £40 (members) / £50 (non-members)

Keith Macgregor comes from a merchant family which made its home in Shanghai and Hong Kong in the early 1860s. He has been photographing Hong Kong for nearly 50 years. After living  there as a teenager during the school holidays he went to Oxford University and then to New York to be a management trainee. On the untimely death of his father he arrived back in 1969 and set up as a portrait photographer. This led to industrial and advertising work and then the creation of his publishing business, Cameraman Limited.

His photographs of Hong Kong were first made public in the form of a solo exhibition at the Excelsior Hotel in 1974 and this resulted in the publishing of his well-known Hong Kong calendars a year later. The success of these and the exhibition led him to create his own collection of black bordered postcards, which were sent out all over the world in millions. After this he has also published many sought-after books, such as 6 editions of “An Eye on Hong Kong” (1997 to 2009) and “Neon City, Hong Kong, at Night”.

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Despite having lived in London for the past 26 years, he returns frequently to take photographs of Hong Kong’s ever-changing landscape.

Keith will speak about his experiences and show some of his photographs. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and reminisce

A cash bar will be available from 6.30 pm and for a short time after the lecture. A two course supper with Keith Macgregor and other participants will be organised in a private room in the club after the lecture, finishing no later than 9.30pm. Please contact communications@hkas.org.uk if you would like to join what will be a very enjoyable evening

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