LSPF keynote speaker: Greg Girard

Extremely pleased to announce that Greg Girard will be our judge and keynote speaker this year!


Greg is a Canadian photographer whose work has examined the social and physical transformation in Asia’s largest cities for more than three decades.


His most recent book, Tokyo-Yokosuka 1976-1983, published 2019, completes a loose trilogy of photobooks (along with Under Vancouver 1972-1982 and HK: PM Hong Kong Night Life 1974-1989) that features early work made in the 1970s and 1980s, largely before his professional career began in the late 1980s.


Hotel Okinawa, published in 2017, looks at Okinawa’s unique social and physical landscape, created by decades of living alongside the US military. Okinawa hosts more than half the 50,000 US troops stationed in Japan as well as their dependents and civilian contractors. Writer Marc Feustel in his introduction describes Hotel Okinawa as a “document of the end of the American Century”.


Under Vancouver 1972-1982, published in 2017, looks at the city where Girard was born, especially the waterfront and the other unglamorous parts of the port city, before making Asia his home for the next thirty years. While living in Hong Kong he photographed Hong Kong’s neon-drenched streets, bars and nightclubs, also published in 2017, in the book HK:PM Hong Kong 1974-1989.


City of Darkness Revisited, released in 2014, revives an early collaboration with co-author Ian Lambot, and updates their original book City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon Walled City (1993).


Based in Shanghai between 1998 and 2011, his photographic monograph Phantom Shanghai (2007), looks at the rapid and at times violent transition of Shanghai as the city raced to make itself “modern again” at the beginning of the 21st Century.


Other recent titles include Hanoi Calling (2010), and In the Near Distance (2010), a book of early photographs made in Asia and North America between 1973 and 1986. He is currently working on a book that examines the social and physical landscape of US military bases in Asia and their host communities.


You can find out more about his work here:

Instagram: gregforaday