Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Although 49% of the city’s residents live in public or subsidized housing, the city's rents average 35% higher than in New York City. The Chinese city’s government has enacted new taxes on investment in real estate to try to slow the rise in home prices, which now stand at nearly $1,300 a square foot.
According to the Society for Community Organization, 100,000 of the city’s laborers live in subdivided apartment units averaging 40 square feet. The Hong Kong-based advocacy organization commissioned and released these photographs, depicting the living conditions inside these apartments. The cameras had to be mounted from the ceilings — the only point able to capture the entire unit.