Five Favorite Fotos From Flickr Featuring: Jonathan van Smit

This week's Five Favorite Fotos from Flickr features Jonathan van Smit (K_iwi). Curated by Elephant Gun photographer Fabrizio Alessi.  

All images © Jonathan van Smit. All rights reserved.


© Jonathan van Smit. All rights reserved.

© Jonathan van Smit. All rights reserved.

© Jonathan van Smit. All rights reserved.

© Jonathan van Smit. All rights reserved.

© Jonathan van Smit. All rights reserved.

© Jonathan van Smit. All rights reserved.

© Jonathan van Smit. All rights reserved.

© Jonathan van Smit. All rights reserved.

© Jonathan van Smit. All rights reserved.

© Jonathan van Smit. All rights reserved.

Jonathan van Smit is a New Zealand born, self-taught photographer who has resided in Hong Kong since early 2008.

Taken mostly in Kowloon, Jonathan van Smit’s photographs illustrate the terrifying social power that capitalism has over the multitudes who live in the shadows of Hong Kong's beautiful, familiar towers. With themes ranging from poverty and marginal housing conditions to drug use and sex, his work has been described as “raw, sometimes shockingly so, but never sensationalist. It’s full of boredom, sadness, loneliness and neglect”.

Recent Exhibitions:

January 2012:    Visiting artist & show at SCAD Hong Kong

January 2012:    ‘So far, So Close’ joint exhibition with Gong Weilin at ‘Can Baste’, Barcelona.

March 2013:       ‘Miraprospekt’ group exhibition, Tete Gallery, Berlin

Sept 2013:          ‘Us:Them’ group exhibition at the 2013 Pingyao International Photo Festival, China