(Upper, left to right) No Limits by Derry Ainsworth; Rebecca by Christopher Button (Lower, left to right) Celebration of Love by Cherry Wong; Antony Gormely's Event Horizon by Tse Ming Chong.

20 images. 20 years onis the photographic celebration of 20 years of the UK-Hong Kong relations features photos from four photographers commissioned by the British Consulate-General Hong Kong in 2017.

Two of the photographers are from Hong Kong and two from the UK, including, Derry Ainsworth, Christopher Button, Tse Ming Chong and Cherry Wong. All are currently living in Hong Kong. They bring a range of perspectives and interpretations to the central theme. Their images capture people, locations and the emotions of some British aspects in Hong Kong today. The collection and exhibition are created on behalf of the GREAT Britain Campaign. Supported by the British Council, the exhibition opens to the public from 3 October to 10 December 2017. 

Exhibition details

3 October – 8 December 2017
09.00 - 19.00 Monday to Friday 
09.00 - 18.00 Saturday to Sunday
Closed on public holidays

British Council
3/F., 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty

Free admission

About the photographers 

Derry Ainsworth

Derry Ainsworth is a 26-year-old architecture graduate from Bournemouth in the UK. After he graduated from the University of Portsmouth, he booked a one-way flight to Asia in 2014, with only his portfolio and camera in hand. With the hope of finding work, he was drawn to Hong Kong by its towering skyscrapers and the neon-lit streets. He worked his passion for photography from a hobby to a full-time career whilst juggling a full-time job in architecture. Exploring Hong Kong via the lens is his creative escape from the busy lifestyle of this mile-a-minute metropolis. The photos in this series reflect the feelings and emotions associated with living in such a unique place, and emphasise the echoes – colours and shapes - of the Union Flag.

Christopher Button

Christopher Button is a British artist and photographer based in Hong Kong. His work is predominantly fine art and street photography, and his inspirations come from memory, cinema and the city. In 2016 he had his first solo exhibition Some Dream at Ethos Gallery. Since then he has been working on a number of commissions and editorials as well as taking part in a group shoe alongside Fan Ho at the Light Stage Gallery. Currently he is working towards his next solo exhibition Remnants, which is planned for early 2018.


Tse Ming Chong

Tse Ming Chong is a Hong Kong-based contemporary photography artist, and the founder & chairman of Lumenvisum - a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of photography. He is also the Head of Design Foundation Studies at the Hong Kong Design Institute. With the support of the UK Government's Chevening scholarship programme in 2004, he finished his masters in image and communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. Since returning to Hong Kong, he has devoted his time to developing the level of photography education by curating contemporary Hong Kong photography exhibitions and community art projects. He has received recognition from the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards in 2014 and 2016 for his work in art promotion and education. Tse is now developing a visual journalism programme for the Hong Kong Design Institute.

Cherry Wong

Cherry Wong spent her childhood in Hong Kong and her formative years in Canada. She draws inspiration from old Hollywood portraits, where a captured moment in time can reveal the narrative of a distinct character. Now a professional portrait and event photographer, she is commissioned by both private and corporate clients. Cherry had her first solo exhibition in Hong Kong with Canon Hong Kong in 2016.