Vivien Liu studied architecture at the University of Waterloo and then attended Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where she was awarded the prestigious Clifford Wong Prize in Housing Design. As an architect, she has worked for nearly a decade in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, China and Hong Kong, where she now resides and first took up photography. As a photographer, she quickly developed a strong sensibility portraying space as seen through the first person, which now defines her style. What began as a weekend pastime has transformed Vivien into one of the most prolific urban photographers in Hong Kong, attracting over 240,000 followers on Instagram.
Vivien’s first book, Being There explores the dialogue and tension between people and spaces through portraiture, landscapes, and street photography, from the urban density of Hong Kong and Tokyo to epic natural landscapes like Zhangjajie, China. With an architect’s artful eye, Ms. Liu captures this juxtaposition in the most beautiful way, sharply highlighting her eye for patterns and symmetry across settings.
Vivien’s images are also available as prints. We’ve selected some of our favorite shots and included them as a collection.
Coming from a background in architectural design, Vivien Liu discovered a passion in photographing the urban density and architecture of Hong Kong and cities around the world. She quickly developed a strong sensibility portraying space as seen through the first person, which now defines her style. What began as a weekend pastime transformed Vivien into one of the most prolific urban photographers in Hong Kong, with over 249,000 followers on Instagram. Her style has broadened to include portraiture, natural landscapes and product photography.