Curator Selection / 2020 / /

The Siege of PolyU

  • Company
    Redux Pictures
  • Photographer
    Bing Guan
  • Image Location
    Hong Kong
  • Credit
    Bing Guan

What began in June 2019 as peaceful marches against a now-withdrawn extradition bill to mainland China has since morphed into a full-blown anti-government movement with "five key demands", transforming Hong Kong into an urban battleground between anti-government protestors and the city’s police force. After 6 months of clashes and protests, November 2019 saw the Hong Kong Polytechnic University ("PolyU") become a battleground between anti-government protestors and the riot police who encircled them. After 12 days, the siege of PolyU was finally lifted - with nary a protestor left on campus.

Bing Guan 管秉宸 (b. 1992) is an Australian-born Chinese American photographer and journalist currently based in Brooklyn, NY.

He studied at Dartmouth College and Columbia University before graduating cum laude from the latter with a BA in modern East and Southeast Asian history. Bing is a 2019 graduate of the International Center of Photography’s Documentary Practice & Visual Journalism program.

Bing’s work has been published in The New York Times, TIME, WIRED, The Sunday Times Magazine, BuzzFeed News, The Intercept, Photo District News, The Phnom Penh Post, and other publications.

Awards 2020 New York Portfolio Review
2019 Eddie Adams Workshop XXXII
2019 Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund - Student Work, PDN Photo Annual & Parsons School of Design
2019 Ian Parry Scholarship Portfolio Review
2019 Nikon Emerging Professional Scholarship, Missouri Photo Workshop
2019 Moscow Foto Awards - American Exodus, Editorial/General News - Gold