Gordon Shkurhan


I've been photographing people, places and things for almost three decades. Canadian born, I arrived in Hong Kong by way of Japan. I lived there for several years and still have deep connections to the country and the people. I believe that experience, among others, instilled in me a sensitively for form and detail which I hope is apparent in all my work.

I believe that my still life photography, which has brought me into contact with many collectors and collections here in Hong Kong, has greatly influenced the way I looks at the world around me and the objects in it, even when I'm not photographing them.

That way of seeing influences my street, travel and portrait photography as well. In my street photography, I try to capture people as naturally as possible, looking for the interactions they have with others and their surroundings. Even in my more structured portraits, I try to capture the connection I'm creating with the person I'm photographing.

I have several ongoing projects, but the one that is of greatest importance to me began over 15 years ago when I was living in Japan: photographing traditional Japanese swordsmith, Takami Kuniichi.

I don't really have a deeply philosophical reason for photographing the things I do. I photograph whomever and whatever catches my interest and try to do so in a way that makes the viewer stop and take notice.