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In-your-face photos of Hong Kong

MODERN Hong Kong is unfurled on a stunning scale by some of the region's best-known photographers - with 63 pictures each measuring 2.5 by 1.5 meters.

The 63 photographers (one photo each) are showcasing diverse works - pleasing, puzzling and provocative - in the plaza of Shanghai Times Square through August 29.

The sweeping exhibit, "Hong Kong City," ranges from classic cityscapes to avant-garde portraiture, from realistic documentations to surrealistic montages.

The photographers are members of the Hong Kong Institute of Professional Photgraphers (HKIPP).

This is the major exhibition by the association in Shanghai.

"The exhibition comprises the most representative works of HKIPP members, many of them already among the world's best-known and most sought-after photographers," says Carsten Schael, chairman of HKIPP, founded in 1986.

"These 63 fascinating photos represent the highest standard of photography in the region," Schael says.

For example, "Color Nutshell" captured by Pazu Chu, expresses the photographer's belief that "the most powerful forms of art are the ones that become part of our lives."

In his picture, the vibrant colors on the outer walls of the buildings and the household items of the people who live inside together form an image that tells stories of people's lives.

The size is also overpowering.

"This gives visitors an unforgettable visual experience of Hong Kong," says Schael.

Date: August 14-29, 10am-10pm

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