Photos of the Final Years of Hong Kong’s Notoriously Overcrowded Kowloon Walled City

City of Darkness: Life In Kowloon Walled City by Greg Girard and Ian Lambot

In the late 80s and early 90s photographer Greg Girard documented the last years of Kowloon Walled City, a notoriously overcrowded and lawless Hong Kong enclave in which 33,000 people were crammed into a monolithic structure made up of 300 tightly packed, interconnected high-rises. Girard collaborated with fellow photographer Ian Lambot during the five-year project to produce a photo book on the enclave, City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City. Starting in 1991, Kowloon Walled City was gradually cleared of its inhabitants, and demolition was completed in 1994. For more photos see Girard’s photo gallery.

City of Darkness: Life In Kowloon Walled City by Greg Girard and Ian Lambot

City of Darkness: Life In Kowloon Walled City by Greg Girard and Ian Lambot

City of Darkness: Life In Kowloon Walled City by Greg Girard and Ian Lambot

photos by Greg Girard

via Nick Bilton

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