Romain Jacquet-Lagreze

About the Artist:

Romain Jacquet-Lagrѐze is a French graphic artist with a Masters in multimedia and art from East Paris University. His interest in photography began during his period of working in Los Angeles and Tokyo, and subsequently blossomed into a passion after his arrival in Hong Kong.

Stunned by its architectural "race to the sky", he felt the need to use his camera to share his feelings about the city. The geometry of the urban environment and the vivid lives it shelters are the aspects of Hong Kong that inspire him most.

About Vertical Horizon:

The name Vertical Horizon is an obvious reminder of our competitive Hong Kong skyline where each building is trying to be the tallest, the boldest, the most beautiful, the youngest, the oldest or the most famous.

The city refers to how we grow as a person. Our lives are like buildings; we start at the bottom, we reach for the sky and our foundation is crucial to our success which is why I work from low-angle shots.

This series creates awareness of one’s environment. While wading through the city, lost in our own thoughts, we tend to not pay too much intention to what’s going on above us. Hong Kong is not a 2-D place that follows the flatness of a map but instead a volumetric place, where elevators leading us to restaurants, shops, home or our working place should deserve their own street names…

Vertical Horizon is a reminder on how we are nothing more than a bee in the big beehive, chipping in our bit into the greater realm of society. The angles in which I make the shots emphasize the large scale of the structures around us in contrast to our own little being. Being conscious of our humble condition, to me, is the first step to move to our full potential and reach for our vertical horizon.

Romain Jacquet-Lagreze
Vertical Horizon
1st edition (2012)
Hard cover, 21 x 30 cm, 160 pages
printed by Asia One, Hong Kong

Romain Jacquet-Lagreze landed in Hong  Kong for the first time in 2009. While living  in the Yau Tsim Mong area, he became fascinated by the heterogenous character of the city's urban spaces, with modern buildings side-by-side among traditional tong lau. Driven by an ever-stronger curiosity, he began an intensive exploration of the city, trying to capture its diverse atmosphere. Eventually, he realised that the sole common aspect of all these places was the awe one feels when gazing up at the sky between the huge buildings...

For purchase and publication details of the book Vertical Horizon, please visit AO: The Photo Book Center.

Highlights of AVA Vertical Horizon Gallery Opening on April 23, 2013:


ArchDaily, July 21, 2014

Parismatch (France), June 12, 2014

Young Post, SCMP (HK), March 27, 2014

ABC News (U.S.), February 22, 2014

El Pais (Spain), February 15, 2014

Metropop, August 15, 2013

Domus, July 2, 2013

Stern, June 10, 2013

All That is Interesting, June 6, 2013

Blouin Artinfo, June 4, 2013

Apple Daily, June 3, 2013

International Business Times, May 28, 2013

The Wall Street Journal, May 28, 2013

South China Morning Post, May 16, 2013

Herald Sun (AU), May 15, 2013

The Telegraph UK Travel, May 11, 2013

The Guardian, May 6, 2013

National Geographic Travel 365, April 30, 2013

The Huffington Post, April 24, 2013

Daily Mail, April 19, 2013



Localiiz, 5 March, 2014

Repubblica, February 26, 2014, February 20, 2014

Design you Trust, February 22, 2014

Greener Ideal, February 20, 2014

Gizmodo UK, February 20, 2014

Hauser (German), December Issue, 2013

Lonely Planet Traveller, December Issue, 2013

Epopee Urbaine, October Issue, 2013

Art-Spire, August 14, 2013

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May 2013

April 2013