Once known as ‘The City in the Name of God’, today Macau is more frequently referred to as ‘Asia’s Sin City’ – famous for casinos, prostitution and triads.
Where as Vegas grew out of a desert, Macau has a history encompassing four hundred and fifty years and a unique heritage, one that mixes Cantonese and Portuguese cultures.
However, the liberalization of the local gaming industry in 2002 has created enormous change in the former Portuguese colony. On one hand the people of Macau have grown considerably richer and employment has greatly increased. On the other, prices have skyrocketed, the urban-cultural landscape has been drastically altered, religion has lost its place and the people of Macau have to contend with a surge of 20 million yearly visitors.
This is my portrait of Macau, a city undergoing one of the greatest rebirths of any city in history – and the industry that feeds it.