A freelance photographer is accusing the Hong Kong Arts Development Council of being overly sensitive after it rejected his funding application for a photo book on clashes involving the police.
Paul Yeung, who worked for Reuters before going into freelance photography, refused to speculate on the reasons behind the decision but said the council should be more open-minded and not overly sensitive, according to Apple Daily.
The council advises the government on cultural policy and provides grants for art projects.
The photo book, titled, Yes Madam, Sorry Ah Sir, features police clashes with citizens and took seven years to complete, Yeung said.
It contains 80 selected pictures of various protests, including the anti-high speed rail demonstrations and the pro-democracy movement last year.
In June, Yeung applied for funding to publish 1,000 copies of the book.
He said he was told in November that his application was denied amid fierce competition for limited resources.
The council said only 39 percent of 53 funding requests for visual arts projects were approved.
Yeung said his book does not incite violence and portrays policemen as normal individuals performing their duties.
It is aimed at making the public more aware of so-called “police rights”, he said.
Yeung plans to edit the book and make it more concise.
He hopes to publish it by the end of the year with money he intends to raise through online crowdfunding.
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