Doctoral Candidate; Freelance photographer, University of Hong Kong
I'm a freelance photographer and doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Hong Kong.
Photographing the Umbrella Revolution
BY AARON ANFINSON
@ VOL 27
ON MAY 25, 2016
Aaron Anfinson shares his experience of photographing the Umbrella Revolution as it unfolded over nearly 3 months in the autumn of 2015 in Hong Kong. What began as a series of peaceful sit-in street protests - against the proposed reforms to the Hong Kong electoral system and the pre-screening of candidates for the Chief Executive election in 2017 - escalated to include more than 100,000 protesters occupying key areas in Admiralty, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok punctuated by violent clashes between students, triads and riot gear clad police armed with batons and tear gas. Anfinson's beat poetry inflected voice sets the scene for his intense emotional images.