Chan Dick "Chai Wan Fire Station"チャン・ディック「Chai Wan Fire Station」
CASE Rotterdam hosts an exhibition accompanying the new release of Chan Dickʼs photobook “Chai Wan Fire Station”.
Hongkong-based photographer Chan Dick has garnered international acclaim with his photo series “Chai Wan Fire Station”.
“One day, working in my office, I discovered that the window in my bathroom was overlooking theChai Wan firestation. The view had much moreto offer than I had originally imagined. Thefiremen did their training, of course, but they also played volleyball, cleaned their fire-engines,practiced unrelated stuff and so on ̶ all of these things were taking place in this small area.”
Far below Dickʼs toilet window, he was looking into the small world in which the firemen lived their everyday lives. Chan Dick was drawn towards photographing the daily activities from his birdʼs-eye viewpoint for the minimalism and beauty it offered.Chan Dickʼs original publication was a critical success throughout the Asian photography world, winning him a Hong Kong Photo Book Award in 2015 and a Tokyo International FotoAward in 2016. The CASE ROTTERDAM exhibition of Chan Dickʼs photographs ̶ and the accompanying release of the photobook “Chai Wan FireStation” by Case Publishing ̶ will be the first time Chan Dickʼs series is made available to a European audience.Furthermore, advance copies of Nobuyoshi Arakiʼs new book “Theater of Love” (to be publishedin Tokyo at the end of September) will be available for pre-purchase.
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Both a commercial and fine-art photographer, Chan Dick is best known locally and internationally for the award-winning series “Chai Wan Fire Station”, which records the daily occurrences within the fire station courtyard from above. This series earned him first prize at the Hong Kong Photo Book Awards in 2015, and the Tokyo International Foto Awards in 2016. In 2017, two solo exhibitions were held in Japan and Netherlands respectively for this series. This series has also been selected by Invisible Photographer Asia for showcasing at the 2015 Angkor Photo Festival, and presented at Japan’s 2016 Mount Rokko International Festival. His other works have also been shown at the international photography exhibitions of Hong Kong as well as Pingyao of China.
Chan Dick held 5 solo exhibitions to date. His major projects explored socio-political issues within Hong Kong, most notably the 2014 series “No Compromise” that featured documented student activists. The series won him third place in the International Photography Awards (IPA) in the professional editorial/political category. His other series “Dismayland” won in the fine art category of the 2015 International Photography Awards (IPA).