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Lecture and Lunch - The Way We Were: Hong Kong in the 1970s and 80s and today - Mr. Keith Macgregor

  • Royal Asiatic Society 14 Stephenson Way London, England, NW1 2HD United Kingdom (map)

Keith Macgregor comes from a merchant family which made its home in Shanghai and Hong Kong in the early 1860s. He has been photographing Hong Kong for nearly 50 years. After living there as a teenager during the school holidays, he went to Oxford University and then to New York to be a management trainee. On the untimely death of his father he arrived back in Hong Kong in 1969 and set up as a portrait photographer. This led to industrial and advertising work and then the creation of his publishing business, Cameraman Limited.

His photographs of Hong Kong were first made public in the form of a solo exhibition at the Excelsior Hotel in 1974 and this resulted in the publishing of his well-known Hong Kong calendars a year later. The success of these and the exhibition led him to create his own collection of black bordered postcards, which were sent out all over the world in millions. After this he has also published many sought-after books, such as six editions of “An Eye on Hong Kong” (1997 to 2009) and “Neon City, Hong Kong, at Night”.

Admission to lecture: £8/12 per member or guest, to include refreshments

Lunch: a self-paying lunch will be arranged at 12:30 p.m. at ‘Red and Hot’, 37 Chalton Street, NW1 1JD. Please note on the booking form if you wish to join the lunch, or advise by email when booking.

Booking: Please email Florence Cantle florence.lkcan@gmail.com. Please transfer £8/£12 per person to the Friends’ bank account at least a week before the event, if you can. Thank you. If not, mail the form at the end of this newsletter and bring cash on the day.