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    nicholas dominic talvola says:

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

    5th August, 2012

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    NyYankee says:

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

    7th May, 2012

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    [~Bryan~] says:

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

    28th January, 2012

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    clarence kk says:

    "If I must name three of the most important Hong Kong street photographers :

    Yau Leung 邱良 、Fan Ho 何藩 and K_iwi."

    10th November, 2011

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    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 shooting! :)"

    26th July, 2011

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    N A B A Z says:

    "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."

    30th March, 2011

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    sinnen says:

    "I have a K_iwi addiction."

    2nd March, 2011

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    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."

    31st October, 2010

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    [ pikture ] 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."

    14th August, 2010

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    lille abe says:

    "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!"

    6th June, 2010

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    ww__ says:

    "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."

    12th April, 2010

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    Thomas Luk says:

    "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."

    12th April, 2010

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    ~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!"

    13th April, 2010

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    Jiang D 蔣世基 says:

    "one of my street hero ..!"

    12th March, 2010

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    郑忠强 says:

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

    7th February, 2010

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    James Yeung says:

    "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!"

    11th December, 2009

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    moxie mojo 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"

    22nd November, 2009

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    18th May, 2009

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    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 immersed in the culture again. Thanks for letting us all live through your lens!"

    19th April, 2009

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    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 !"

    14th April, 2009

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    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...¡¡¡¡

    29th March, 2009

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    hurtingbombz says:

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

    25th March, 2009

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    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 your photos with us."

    17th January, 2009

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    ∆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.

    22nd August, 2008

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    Eddie . . says:

    "good eyes!"

    21st August, 2008

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    Glass&Tubes says:

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

    15th August, 2008

Jonathan van Smit
January 2007
Hong Kong, China
I am:
jvansmit [at]