Douglas Hook (b.1986)
Douglas Hook has been based in Chongqing, China since 2014 working as a freelance photographer covering stories across the south west.
He was born in England and grew up travelling with his family due to his fathers military career. This gave him an appreciation for different cultures and traditions which later inspired him to follow in his fathers footsteps. In 2006 he joined the British army and spent four years serving in the Parachute Regiment serving two active tours of duty in Afghanistan.
From a young age he has always had an interest in photography but it wasn't until his second tour of duty, after meeting a photographer embedded with his regiment, did he think of pursuing it as a career. After his 2008 tour he signed off and in 2010 he left the army and enrolled in university.
After graduating in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism BA(hons) from the University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham in 2013 with one of his final images being selected for the “AOP Open Awards” in London, he moved to China to focus on long term projects.
Covering stories from LGBT issues to “Bang Bang Men” he has always had an anthropological interest in people as well as their social issues so he has based himself in Chongqing for the unique mix of traditional and modern that makes Chongqing the stupefying city that it is.
With a strong interest in documenting social problems as well as human rights issues he is working on long term personal projects based in south Asia.
2013 - "AOP Open Awards" finalist
- Breaking news
- Military embed
Statue of Mao Zedong
Mao standing with an out stretched arm at the square. Before 1967 the site was an ancient palace, but was destroyed by the red guard. Now its a popular place for families to come and relax or tourists to get pictures.