Tse Ming Chong

Chairman and Co-founder of Lumenvisum, Tse has practiced as a photographer and a photography educator for more than 25 years. Currently the Principal Lecturer at Hong Kong Design Institute, he received his master's degree in Imaging and Communication from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2004, after finishing his bachelor’s degree in Communication from Hong Kong Baptist University in 2003.

Tse's photographic installation Hong Kong Diary '94 was shown at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in the exhibition “-ism ’95: The 1st Tokyo International Photo-Biennale” in 1995. In the same year, he received the "Bronze Award" and "Kodak Award" in the Editorial category from the Hong Kong Institute of Professional Photographers.

City Series II - The Road

On 30th September 2014, I woke up at 4 a.m. and couldn’t fall back asleep so I took a car to Central district. In the early morning, I walked on the empty quiet streets in Central towards Causeway Bay. Sleeping on the roadside were teenagers who fought for their dreams; their tired faces radiated a charm with no regret. I couldn’t believe it had been 25 years, from Civic Square to Tiananmen Square. Images of me walking from Beijing Hotel to Tiananmen Square every morning in the end of May 1989 suddenly popped into my mind. A quarter of century has passed; yet we are still fighting for democracy and freedom. It is my hope that our pursuit won’t be in vain and the light will come.

This series’ work was taken on 30th September 2014, at the beginning of the Umbrella Movement held at Hong Kong from 26 September to 11 December 2016. It received a “Human Rights Arts Prize 2015”, 1st Runner Up. It has also been exhibited at “Umbrella Festival 2015”, JCCAC, Hong Kong and Karin Weber Gallery, Hong Kong.

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