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”.
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