Boys of Hong Kong, by Alexandra Leese

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Boys of Hong Kong is a series of intimate portraits presenting a spectrum of the city’s young men, aimed at dismantling stereotypes of Asian masculinity and celebrating the diversity of male beauty in Hong Kong.

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‘Hong Kong is an amazing city, home to a huge diversity of men. In the West though, people have a very narrow idea of what Hong Kong and Asian men are like – they are stereotyped, suggests Hong Kong-born, London-based photographer Alexandra Leese, whose mother is Chinese and father is English. “They are not seen as ‘attractive’ and they are seen as homogenous or ‘all looking the same’,” she says. Justifiably frustrated by these ideas, Leese decided to take action and set out to create a series of portraits that would tackle these misconceptions head-on. Featuring a variety of men, her resultant images show the true beauty and diversity of Hong Kong’s men – from the pink-haired Po, to the heavily-inked Aldous. Next week, these images will be going on display at Red Gallery in east London alongside a film Leese made in collaboration Luke Casey and a zine designed with Bruce Usher and Clo Studio. Ahead of the show, the photographer tells us more about her series and the harmful stereotypes of Asian masculinity.’ -AnotherMan

Weight0.45 kg
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Size

30 × 24 cm

Year

2018

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