From the Collections: ‘Two Women (Gloucester Road, 1961)’ by Yau Leung
Two Women (Gloucester Road, 1961) (1961) by Yau Leung is in the M+ Collections, but what is it, who made it, and why did M+ acquire it?
What is this?
This is a photograph from Hong Kong photographer Yau Leung (1941–1997). He is best known for his pioneering photographs of Hong Kong street life.
The work depicts two women dressed in cheongsams walking down Gloucester Road in the early 1960s. Using a simple yet effective composition, it neatly frames the women with street pillars and shops on either side. Like many of Yau’s photos, it captures an everyday, authentic interaction between Hongkongers in the course of their daily lives. Their dressed-up appearance, however, also imbues the image with old-school glamour. Viewing from behind, invited to follow but unable to see the women’s expressions, we wonder who they are and where they are going.