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Neonopolis

Solo Exhibition by Richard Mark Dobson


5 October - 4 November 2018

La Galerie Paris 1839 is delighted to present the collection Neonpolis by Richard Mark Dobson, a British photographer who grew up in South Africa and started professional career in Hong Kong. The exhibition will be held from 5th October to 4th November 2018, with the opening night on 4th October 2018 at 6:30pm to 9pm, in La Galerie Paris 1839, G/F, 74 Hollywood Road, Central.

In this series Dobson revisits his former home, Hong Kong, with the observation on the big city life and changing political landscape of the place. He witnesses people dashing through pouring rain along wet, congested Wan Chai streets and pavements shimmered with iridescent hues, flashing through his mind the cinematic fantasies that he believes things seem to have come full circle.

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Neonopolis

Inkjet print on fine art paper, 32 x 42 cm, 10 editions + AP; 56 x 76 cm, 8 editions + 2 AP; 100 x 140 cm, 5 editions + 2AP

Twenty years after the handover from British to Chinese rule, twenty years after Dobson left, the city once again enraptures him. Just as the notorious walled city of Kowloon inspired the bleak, neon-soaked, perpetually dank and rain-soaked dystopia of Blade Runner, so does its sequel now cede to the alternate reality of Neonopolis – a realm strangely futuristic all the while rooted in the present. He sees around him towering skyscrapers, examples of extreme wealth. He witnesses legions of office workers oblivious to their predicament, hypnotised by their smart phones and commuters devouring social media piped into their brains via hand held devices. 

Dobson’s work touches on social commentary through photography that confronts our reality. Taking the basic principle of street photography, Dobson captures reality as it happens. His images warp that reality into a quasi fictional narrative akin to a science fiction film.

“Through a glass darkly, I hold up a mirror to the twisted skeins of stories being played out on the seething streets. Welcome to Neonopolis.”

Richard Mark Dobson

Photographer Richard Mark Dobson was born in West Yorkshire in 1963 and emigrated to South Africa in 1975. He completed graphic design at the prestigious Johannesburg College of Art before he moved to London where his interest in photography began in 1986. During the time he assisted one of London’s most acclaimed advertising photographers, Dobson developed a keen appreciation for photographic craft and technique.