Photojournalism at HKU


“The photograph itself doesn’t interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.”

— Henri Cartier-Bresson, the father of modern photojournalism


Photojournalism is an integral element of the journalism skills taught at the JMSC.

In an increasingly convergent media environment, the ability of journalists to illustrate a story with images is essential.

From autumn 2011, the JMSC presents Photojournalism @ HKU, a year-long tour of photojournalism from its history as a documentary medium to its present as a key element of both traditional and on-line interactive journalism.

The programme includes a student exhibition, a short course for the public by an award-winning photojournalist and a lecture series by masters of photojournalism from around the world.

The lecture series features Liu Heung Shing, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and an expert on the archiving of photos and Nick Ut, also a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who took the Vietnam War-era Napalm Girl photo.

Others speakers include Dutch photojournalist Kees Metselaar, who has covered the fall of dictators Marcos and Suharto, Michael Coyne, a veteran photojournalist who as covered conflict in many of the world’s hotspots, and Shahidul Alam, who uses photography and new media in support of social activism.

For more information about Photojournalism @ HKU events, please contact Kylie Chan at or 2219-4416

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Photojournalism @ HKU Masters Lecture Series

The lecture series is part of the JMSC’s Photojournalism @ HKU year-long series, which includes masters lectures, public courses and an exhibition of works by JMSC students at the Fringe Club.




KEES METSELAAR – Dutch Eyes, 25 years of photojournalism in Asia

Date: Friday, November 18, 2011
Time: 3:30pm
Venue: Foundation Chamber
Free admission, all are welcome

Kees has covered the fall of two dictators in Asia, Marcos in the Philippines and Suharto in Indonesia, got his feet wet in numerous floods and walked with the mujahedin in Afghanistan. He will speak about his experiences and the big changes in photojournalism since the mid-eighties when he began.


Kees Metselaar graduated as a scientist from the Free University in Amsterdam before he became a full time photojournalist in the mid eighties. His first big story was the fall of dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines in 1986. He photographed famine in the Sudan and the mujahedin in Afghanistan. In the early 1990s, he moved his base to Hong Kong to concentrate on Asia. He was in Bangladesh when a giant cyclone killed more than 100,000 people and those pictures went around the world.

He was in Indonesia during the fall of another dictator, President Suharto, and has travelled ith his cameras all over the vast archipelago. He is represented by the Dutch agency, Hollandse Hoogte. He has exhibited in Europe and Hong Kong. More recently in Hong Kong, he has been documenting the disappearing street markets and life styles of Central and Western Districts.



Date: Saturday, December 3, 2011
Time: 4.30 pm
Venue: Fringe Studio, The Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central
Free admission, first-come, first-served


Michael Coyne will talk about the importance of visual literacy in an image-saturated world. He will discuss the elements of visual literacy and how a powerful picture can tell a story. Michael’s talk will be illustrated by photographs from his international assignments.

Michael Coyne is an award winning photojournalist whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Time, Life, New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian, Vogue and more. He has won awards from such organisations as the American National Press Photographers Association, the Overseas Press Club of America and the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong.




NICK UT: From Hell to Hollywood



Date: Friday, September 23, 2011
Time: 5 pm
Venue: Hui Pun Hing Lecture Theatre (Library Building LE1), The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam

Nick Ut, the legendary Associated Press photographer, is the author of the 1973 Pulitzer Prize-winning picture of a nine-year old girl fleeing a napalm attack during the Vietnam War. He will speak about his photography career which has bought him from the battle fields of Vietnam to the glamour of Hollywood.

Nick Ut, also known as Ut Cong Huynh, was born in Vietnam.  He began to take photographs for the AP when he was 16, just after his older brother, another AP photographer was killed in combat in 1965.

He won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for his photo of Phan Thi Kim Phuc, an iconic image which helped turn American public opinion against the war. Ut has since worked for the AP in Tokyo, South Korea, and Hanoi and is now based in Los Angeles. He maintains contact with Kim Phuc, who now lives in Canada.  Ut is also known for his portraits of Hollywood movie stars.


LIU HEUNG SHING – The Power of Images and The Road to 1911


Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Time: 6 – 7.30 pm
Venue: Rayson Huang Theatre, The University of Hong Kong
Language: Putonghua

Liu Heung Shing is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and former foreign correspondent.

His talk coincides with the opening of a five-week exhibition at the HKU Museum, The Road to 1911: A Visual History, marking the centennial anniversary of the 1911 Revolution in China, and the launch of the book on the same subject, In Revolution: 1911 and Beyond.

The exhibition features 86 photos, brought together by Liu for the first time from collections worldwide.

The photographs run from the Second Opium War in 1860 to the end of the Warlord Era in the early 1920s, and provide an insight into the origins of modern China, in which Hong Kong played a key role.

They illustrate the social conditions and attitudes of the era, the atmosphere inside the imperial court in the dying days of the Qing Dynasty, the lives of the mighty and the poor and various events that helped shape the transition of China from an empire to a republic. Liu will recount his experiences in compiling this visual history.






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This course explores different photographic techniques, purposes and outcomes. It will enable you to identify good techniques and minimize bad photography.. Students will learn how to produce effective portraits, which illuminate the subjects’ personality as well as their appearance. By the end of the course you will be able to effectively tell a story or illustrate an issue through photography.
Date: December 2–4, 2011 (Fri–Sun)
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: Journalism and Media Studies Centre, Eliot Hall, HKU
Fee: $3,500
Syllabus: see here.
Limited space, register now.
Register for Beyond Basic Photography

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The JMSC presents journalism students’ works at an Photography Exhibition at the Fringe Club

Photojournalism @ HKU

Visual Moments



November 29 – December 7
Presented by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre, The University of Hong Kong
The Anita Chan Lai-Ling Gallery, and Fotogalerie

“The photograph itself doesn’t interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.” — Henri Cartier-Bresson, the father of modern photojournalism.


Come explore the reality of everyday life in Hong Kong, as seen through the lenses of The University of Hong Kong’s journalism students and graduates.

The photos are a mishmash of ideas, visions and realities of what life in Hong Kong is, some from master photographer Michael Coyne’s photojournalism class at HKU, others by graduates who have become established photojournalists in their own right.

攝影本身並不吸引我。我只想捕捉現實的瞬間。——Henri Cartier-Bresson 現代新聞攝影之父



照片來自攝影大師 Michael Coyne在港大教授的「新聞攝影班」學生;及新聞系的畢業生,在他們當中不乏出色的新聞攝影者。




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Selected Student Works