Cramped Apartments in HK

What many people don’t know.

Cramped Apartments in HK

Hong Kong ranked as the most livable city by The Economist. What many people don’t know, however, is that there is a percentage of Hong Kong residents living in rather horrid conditions.

In an attempt to draw attention to the issue, human rights organization Society for Community Organization recently commissioned a series of photographs showing what a number of unacceptable living spaces look like when viewed from directly overhead. Over 100,000 people live in only 40 square feet of space. With so little room, a folding chair is used as a desk, a place to rest and as a dining table. Property owners illegally restructure normal-sized apartments, dividing them up into tiny rooms. They reset the floor drain outlets, remove main walls and alter fire escape routes.

The images were likely captured by simply fixing a camera with a wide-angle lens to the ceiling, and then triggering a shot remotely (the photographer cannot be seen in the image). In each photo is a QR code that directs viewers to a petition to the Hong Kong government.

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