Photographer Michael Kistler’s latest solo project “Cyberpunk is not Dead” explores Hong Kong’s back streets and alleys, illuminated by an after-dark neon glow.
Kistler’s protagonist is the city itself, taking the form of shadowy characters that stalk the surrounding urban spaces.
Kistler is a Hong Kong-based artist specialising in fine art street photography. Hailing from Minneapolis, he has worked in numerous cities across the world. After spending more than a decade in Tokyo, he moved to Hong Kong in 2014.
Kistler said his time in Tokyo was key to the development of his photographic style, which often experiments with blur, movement and other abstract elements while drawing inspiration from renowned street photographers such as Daido Moriyama and Saul Leiter.
Kistler currently teachers bespoke urban photography workshops and is co-founder of Finding Yourself in the Streets, a series of international street photography workshops. He has taught workshops in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Dubai, Minneapolis, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur and Yangon.
Kistler has also had solo and group shows in Tokyo, New York City, Astoria, Minneapolis, London, Dublin, and Porto.
Kistler’s current collections are with Hong Kong Arts Collective, Picture This, and the Artling.
Kistler’s temporary exhibition is open from January 17 to 31, 12-6pm, at 41 Water Street in Sai Ying Pun. Entry is free. More information can be found on Facebook.
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