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I've been following your work since 2007.... It's just getting better and better.... you are getting closer and closer.... and the empathy for the people you portray is still there. Collectively ... a masterpiece of work, and it just keeps coming.

August 19, 2019

A great documentary work. Congrats.

December 1, 2017

from the dark to bring the light, you got the touch my friend and a very unique style that makes you stand out.

August 5, 2012
Fabio says:

Jonathan is truly a street master. He really incarnates Hong Kong's Darkest Soul.

May 7, 2012

The true master of street photography in Hong Kong, he shows us another side of our city.

January 28, 2012

If I must name three of the most important Hong Kong street photographers : Yau Leung 邱良 、Fan Ho 何藩 and K_iwi.

November 10, 2011
Connate says:

K_iwi show me hong kong as I pictured it in the channel 8 chinese movies in my childhood- with his style, it brings a kind of sentimentality and nostalgic feel to how I imagined the place to be- I suppose most felt this way too. His works have a kind of depth that is usually unfelt by most people. Great job, and keep s… Read more

K_iwi show me hong kong as I pictured it in the channel 8 chinese movies in my childhood- with his style, it brings a kind of sentimentality and nostalgic feel to how I imagined the place to be- I suppose most felt this way too. His works have a kind of depth that is usually unfelt by most people. Great job, and keep shooting! :)

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July 27, 2011
Lyrical Sneeze (deleted)

Love the RAW documentary style. Love the dark moody almost Blade Runner feel to it. Love the dirty and underground feel to it. Love his composition. Love his courage. Love his balls....and I'm not even gay.

March 30, 2011
sinnen says:

I have a K_iwi addiction.

March 2, 2011
Edo HdezG says:

Un trabajo realmente atrayente e impactante. Un gran dominio de la composición y el blanco y negro. Gracias por compartir con toda la comunidad fotográfica tus trabajos.

October 31, 2010
laurent says:

I have not had such a shock for a long time It's just incredible, these images are the essence of photography. What I'm discovering (sorry, i'm late) are not just very good pictures, but some true masterpieces. Can't take away from my mind.

August 14, 2010

an excellent eye for street photography! stunning B&W work! here you will find out what "get closer" really means! love the documentary feeling too... sentimental, nostalgic, real HK with its people, places and atmosphere! briliant work, mate!

June 6, 2010

I would say Jonathan is one of the finest street photographer you can find in Hong Kong. He interacts with people so intimately that you can actually feel a story behind their facial expression. Keep up the great work. Your photos always inspire me.

April 12, 2010

Beyond his braveness going into the "dark zone" in the street, there is no one, including those "famous" photographers, can match K_iwi 's candid snapshot in Hong Kong. He knows how to impact the eyes of his audience and shows them the real world. K_iwi is a great observer and reporter.

April 12, 2010
Ken Tsang says:

K_iwi's photos are unique, he is a very skillful and creative. He shoot like an invisible man and through his work we can see the "dark" side of HK! Respect!

April 14, 2010
Dicky J says:

one of my street hero ..!

March 13, 2010

Your stream has brought me so much inspiration since HCB. Truly a Master .

February 7, 2010

You'll find the alternative side of Hong Kong in Jonathan's photostream. The vice, the secrets, the good and the bad are all unveiled in his unique pictures. Welcome to the real HK!

December 11, 2009
kristina says:

this is long overdue...;) he inspires me... and we all need a little inspiration in our lives. so thank you mr k_iwi *and thanks for putting up with my edit requests!* :P

November 22, 2009
Average Bell (deleted)

擁抱這個世界宛如所愛的人

May 18, 2009
jaeming says:

I love K_iwi's photostream for the great influx of cultural shots from HK. I always find myself checking to see what's new. I haven't been to HK before (closest I've gotten is Zhuhai and Macao), but everytime I veiw K_Iwi's photos, I have this irresistible urge to jump the next flight to that part of the world and get … Read more

I love K_iwi's photostream for the great influx of cultural shots from HK. I always find myself checking to see what's new. I haven't been to HK before (closest I've gotten is Zhuhai and Macao), but everytime I veiw K_Iwi's photos, I have this irresistible urge to jump the next flight to that part of the world and get immersed in the culture again. Thanks for letting us all live through your lens!

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April 19, 2009
Yubai K says:

K_iwi knows how to bring you in a very intimate contact with HK city, its walls and streets, its men and ladies, its holes and decay, and sometimes its smell. He's catching the soul of this fantastic city though stunning bw shots and sometimes excellent colors ones. To me, he's great !

April 14, 2009
ramontic_ says:

to Be or not to Be ... that is the anwser.... for the ones who have a camera instead of a skull in the hand.... ....and you are...¡¡¡¡ ....photosoul.....

March 29, 2009

The King of HK Street. An epic journey into HK's Heart of Darkness... his stream humanises HK in a way nobody else does.

March 25, 2009
Linc ~ says:

Not many photographier can capture personality in their photos. Ki_wi is one of them. I never met K_iwi in person, but I can feel his personality reflected his photos. I enjoy seeing the world through his lens. I also admired his daring style as well. He took photos of subjects I would avoid . Thanks for sharing … Read more

Not many photographier can capture personality in their photos. Ki_wi is one of them. I never met K_iwi in person, but I can feel his personality reflected his photos. I enjoy seeing the world through his lens. I also admired his daring style as well. He took photos of subjects I would avoid . Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

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January 17, 2009
∆floyd says:

It´not good to call someone "a source of inspiration"- because you might tend to copy his style, approach or even his eyes. But in K_iwi´s case I´m getting deep down to the source of photography and this is something rare and precious- without the danger to become a blueprint. A phat "THANK YOU!", K_iwi. Chee… Read more

It´not good to call someone "a source of inspiration"- because you might tend to copy his style, approach or even his eyes. But in K_iwi´s case I´m getting deep down to the source of photography and this is something rare and precious- without the danger to become a blueprint. A phat "THANK YOU!", K_iwi. Cheerio, Floyd.

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August 22, 2008

good eyes!

August 21, 2008

I love a 鬼佬 that calls himself that. Great stuff. Keep it up.

August 15, 2008