The history of Hong Kong photography magazines can be traced back to the 1950s. Among them, Photoart(1960-1963, 1980-1997), Dislocation NuNaHeDuo(1992-1999), and Photo Pictorial(1964-2005) are the most widely known. Unfortunately, they have ceased publication within several years after 1997. Since then, Hong Kong’s photography culture once remained inactive.
In the second decade after 1997, numerous Hong Kong photographers published non-commercial photography publications in the form of photography culture magazine or zine. This revival lasted for a few years, during which most of the photography publications are published in semi-annual or irregular journals. It was a shame that all publications were discontinued after the third or fourth issue, resulting in another period of stagnation for Hong Kong photography publications.
2007年至2009年，攝影師及詩人廖偉棠受台灣1980年代的《人間》雜誌影響，創辦以紀實攝影為宗旨的《CAN 影像誌》，強調「從攝影出發，走向行動」，它以幾近一年一期的方式出版三期（及一期特刊），主題分別是「非常教育」、「草根舞台」及「勞動情景」。2008年，由攝影師朱德華發起的《pH infinity》，獲香港藝術發展局資助，以半年刊形式出版兩期，收錄朱德華、余偉建、謝至德、岑允逸及夏永康等多位香港攝影師的作品，其實也可視為千禧年後最早期的同人誌。
From 2007 to 2009, CAN, a photography and cultural journal managed by photographer and poet Liu Wai-Tong, was published for three issues (and one particular issue) on a nearly annual basis. The journal explored social issues such as education and labor. In 2008, pH infinity, initiated by photographer Almond Chu, was published twice semi-annually. It included works by photographers such as Vincent Yu, Ducky Tse, Dustin Shum, Wing Shya, and Almond himself.
In 2009, photographers Wong Kan-Tai, Paul Yeung, Karl Chiu, and Dustin Shum self-funded MAHJONG, a zine which published three times within three years, Associated Press photographer Vincent Yu joined since the second issue. Another zine titled 7 Fei(meaning 7 Films) was also published in the same year, Founded and self-funded by photojournalist Joey Leung with other photographers and writers, five issues were distributed for free within two years.
From 2010 to 2012, photographer Ki Wong and her partners initiated the KLACK Photography and Culture Magazine, which had four semi-annual issues to explore different themes such as intimacy and salon photography. Also born in the same year was the zine Kinggaiwui(meaning Chatting Association), which came in a total of three issues. Each was focusing on the works of a single photographer, as well as the photos of the other six photographers, such as South Ho, Siu Ding, and CHAN Wai-Kwong, etc.
After 2012, Hong Kong photography publications became inactive again. By the end of 2016, Mumble Zine, derived from the Through Our Eyes(TOE) photography education program, was published annually for two years. Leung Yiu-Hong, the editor-in-chief of Mumble Zine, was also the founding editor of Photography is Art, a monthly magazine established in 2018 and went out of print after its twelve issues at the end of the same year.
Besides Photography is Art, the company also released three issues of a bi-monthly magazine named fisheye and one issue of a bilingual women’s magazine Ms photo in that year. Back then, some thought that Hong Kong photography magazines would see a glimmer of hope, but the contemporary revival turned out a mere flash in the pan.
最後不得不提「Ménos 心象社」，它是一群本地攝影愛好者在2018年成立的攝影組織，2019年推出首本同人誌攝影集《Prologue》，主題是「Hong Kong Street」，收錄十一位攝影師的街拍作品，最初計劃每年出版一期，預計今年尾將出版第二期，暫且拭目以待吧。
Finally, Ménos should also be mentioned; it’s a photography organization established by a group of local photography enthusiasts in 2018. In the following year, it launched the first photography collection Prologue under the theme of Hong Kong Street. It was initially planned to be published once a year, and the second issue was expected to be released at the end of this year. I hope it will come into reality soon.
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