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Lam Yik Fei - Along The Hong Kong Border

Lam Yik Fei A shot of Shenzhen Bay Bridge connects Hong Kong and China taken at Pak Nai on March 31, 2016 in Hong Kong. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)
Lam Yik Fei A man plays mobile phone with backdrop of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, a bridge under construction that will connect Hong Kong and China, on April 2, 2016 in Hong Kong. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)
Lam Yik Fei People take ride on a train from Sheung Shui to Lok Ma Chau on April 3, 2016 in Hong Kong. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)
Lam Yik Fei People hang around at mangrove forest at Futian border on April 3, 2016 in Shenzhen, China. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)
Lam Yik Fei People have tea at a restaurant with view of the Hong Kong-China border on April 3, 2016 in Shenzhen, China. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)
Lam Yik Fei The billboard of Deng Xiaoping, the former Chinese leader who advocated One Country, Two Systems, stands at the Lo Wu border on April 3, 2016 in Shenzhen, China. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)
Lam Yik Fei A man stands outside his apartment at Liantang border on April 4, 2016 in Shenzhen, China. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)
Lam Yik Fei Tsim Pei Tsui border with the backdrop of Shenzhen on March 31, 2016 in Hong Kong. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)
Lam Yik Fei A fisherman walks to the sea with the backdrop of Shenzhen skyline on March 31, 2016 in Hong Kong. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)
Lam Yik Fei A helicopter and a rocket model are placed inside a wargame ground near Sha Tau Kok border on March 31, 2016 in Hong Kong. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)

Biography

Lam Yik Fei is the Founder of ATUM Images and RA Production. Before starting his own business, he was the Director of Photography at Initium Media in Hong Kong.Lam also works on assignment for various international media. His works are distributed worldwide via Getty Images and Bloomberg News Photos. They appear on The New York Times, The Guardian, Financial Times, and other leading publications.After gaining solid experience in local media, Lam established himself as an independent photojournalist and explored the international arena in May 2011. His works strive to bring visual awareness to social, environmental and human related issues. He documented the refugees’ lives in Thai-Burmese border, and accessed the Fukushima evacuation zone during Japan’s nuclear crisis.Lam received several awards in locally and internationally acclaimed photo contests, including the Award of Excellence in News Photography in The SOPA 2015 Awards for Editorial Excellence by The Society of Publishers in Asia.Apart from still images, Lam also tells stories with multimedia.

Project Statement

The movements across this 37-km border between Hong Kong and China have never ceased. In the 1950s to 1980s, millions mainlanders risked their lives to reach Hong Kong, the then British colony. Despite recent protests seen from Hong Kong’s opposition lawmakers on the construction of a high-speed rail linking the city to Shenzhen and Guangzhou, Hong Kong’s future has been increasingly dependent on China’s megacities across the border. Also known for being the global hub for China, Hong Kong’s economic role in the region faces further challenges as its neighbouring mainland cities continue to grow. Last year the disappearance of a Hong Kong bookseller, followed by his reappearance on the mainland, has caused concerns that security officers from mainland China had taken him across the border, which would have violated the ‘one country, two systems’ arrangement since the return of Hong Kong on 1997.