Born 1979 in Mie, Japan. Graduated from the Japan Institute of Photography and Film in 2000. Currently resides in Tokyo. He won the 34th Kimura Ihei Memorial Photography Award in 2009. Important exhibitions include the first large solo exhibition “Tsu Family Land” (Mie Prefectural Art Museum, 2010), “All You Need is Love” (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2013). - Selected publications “Asadake”, AKAAKA ART PUBLISHING, Inc., 2008 “NEW LIFE”, AKAAKA ART PUBLISHING, Inc., 2010 “HOMEWORK”: GRADUATION PHOTOGRAPH, AKAAKA ART PUBLISHING, Inc., 2014 Album no chikara, AKAAKA ART PUBLISHING, Inc., 2015.
Chan Dick currently lives and shoots in Hong Kong, specialising in still life, interior and architectural photography. Chan’s personal works have caught as much as, if not more, public attention as his commercial works. In 2015, his photo book of picturesque bird-eyed view of Chai Wan Fire Station won him the Hong Kong Photo Book Awards. His photos have been selected by Invisible Photographer Asia and showcased at Angkor Photo Festival 2015. His other series, "Dismayland", earned him two awards at the 2015 International Photography Awards (IPA) Competition in the fine art category.
Doreen, Wing Yan Chan was born in 1987 in Hong Kong. Originally trained in Visual Communication, her creative outlet brought her to UK, where she joined East Street Arts and held an artist studio in 2010. She currently lives in Hong Kong. Chan’s daily life is her main interest and inspiration of her photography. She draws from various subjects that relate the intricacies of her identity to the surrounding environment. She believes “How I live, is how I photograph!” She was invited to hold her first solo exhibition “25.9” at Lianzhou Foto Festival 2013 and exhibited her works in various exhibitions such as “780s” in Blindspot Gallery, “The Photocrafters Fundraising Mini Auction” and “See Saw Seen”. Her work has been selected as one of the 2015 Three Shadows Photography Award Finalists.
Ven. Chang Lin, formerly known as Alain Yip, is a reputable professional photographer in Hong Kong for over 30 years. He pioneered the founding of the Hong Kong Institute of Professional Photographers and is now the Founding and Honorary Member. His works had been widely published in various media and his photography publications. He had also taught photography courses to share his experience with others.
In 2009, he decided to give up all his fame and fortune and went to Taiwan to start his monastic life. Ven. Chang Lin now leads meditation retreats around the world, helping others incorporate meditation into their daily lives.
Chan Kwok Chung has been engaging in graphic design and photo imaging industry since 2004. In 2013, he founded design company KISSIGN and started working as a freelancer to explore his personal project “Six sensations notebook”. In 2014, he was awarded The Award Scheme for Learning Experiences approved by Industry Training Advisory Committees (Printing and Publishing Industry), and participated in the visual communication exhibition in Germany to learn more about the latest imaging and displaying skills. In early 2016, he was awarded Excellent (Series Category) in the “Photoeat Competition” held by Hong Kong International Photo Festival.
Currently a freelance photographer, John Choy was born in Hong Kong in 1966. He worked as a photographer for a various local newspapers and magazines, as well as the Information Services Department from 1989 to 2001. Choy is obsessed with the unseen landscapes in the city, and documenting these by using experimental new techniques and forms of expression. He has taken part in a number of local and international exhibitions
Choy has also published photography catalogues “Hong Kong Photographers: John Choy” (2005) and “Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate”(2010).
Photographer/artist. After graduating from the Tokyo College of Photography, he set up his own studio in 1993 and works on both art and commercial projects. He has been invited to various local and international exhibitions in different countries like Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Denmark, USA, Canada, Russia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand...He has been awarded Agfa Fellowship Young Photographer Award by the Asian Culture Council in 1993. In 2004, he was invited to speak on the International Literary and Aesthetic Symposium co-organised by the Bonn University and the Bundeskunsthalle, Germany. In 2005, he founded the art photography organisation pH5 Photo Group with a focus on promoting art photography in Hong Kong. In 2015, he has been nominated to the Prix Pictet. His works are collected by both public and private collections like The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, Russia; Hong Kong Museum of Art; Hong Kong Heritage Museum; Guangdong Museum of Art; University Museum and Art Gallery of the University of Hong Kong; OCT Art & Design Gallery; Osage Gallery, Lee Hysan Foundation, Deutsche Bank Collections; Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong; Mandarin Oriental Hotel Taipei; Hotel LKF; New World Development Co Ltd; Cathay Pacific Airways; Agfa-Gavert (HK) Ltd.
Dubbed the “Cartier-Bresson of the East”, Ho Fan has the patience to wait for ‘the decisive moment’; very often a collision of the unexpected, framed against a very clever composed background of geometrical construction and texture. He also liked to create drama and atmosphere with backlit effects or through the combination of
smoke and light. His favorite locations were the streets, alleys and markets around dusk when the sun would cast long shades or life on the sea.
What made his work so intensely human is his love for the common Hong Kong people; coolies, vendors, hawkers selling fruits and vegetables, kids playing in the street or doing their homework, people crossing the street… He never intended to create a historic record of the city’s buildings and monuments; rather he aimed to capture the soul of Hong Kong; the hardship and resilience of its citizens.
Ho Fan was most prolific in his teens and 20's and created his biggest body of work before he reached the tender age of 28. His work didn't go by unnoticed at his time. He won close to 300 local and international awards and titles in his day through competing in the salons. His talent was also spotted by the film industry where he started out as an actor before moving to film directing until retiring at 75.
Ho Fan is a Fellow of the Photographic Society and the Royal Society of Arts in England, and an Honorary Member of the Photographic societies of Singapore, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, France, Italy and Belgium. He most recently won a ‘Life-time Achievement Award, the 2nd Global Chinese Int’l Photography Award, China, 2015’ by the Chinese Photographic Society (Guangzhou). During his long career he has taught photography and film making at a dozen universities worldwide. His work is in many private and public collection of which most notable are: M+ Museum, Hong Kong, Heritage Museum, Hong Kong, Bibliothèque National de France, Paris, France, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, USA and many more.
Franz Lai is a photography lover. He is also keen on using photography to serve the society and to help people in need. He organizes and participates in volunteer works targeting to cancer patients and the elderly. He won the Best Photo Series for his work “ifood” in Photoeat Competition organized by Hong Kong International Photo Festival in 2015.
Graduated from The Surry Institute of Art & Design, University College (BFA on Interior Design). After spending 8 years in the Art Directing department of Television Commercials, Lau participated in Skyhigh Creative Partners as Creative Director from its very beginning throughout the project’s 6 years running period.
Lau is an established artist in his own right, starting out on short films and eventually focuses on photography for over a decade. His work has been exhibited in various countries, including Festival De la Luz of Buenos Aires Argentina, Singapore International Photography, Athens Photo Festival, Angkor Photo Festival, and being collected by museums and private collectors. His photography series “Landscaped Artifacts” (2013) has gained him the New Photography Artist of the year from Lianzhou Foto Festival 2013.
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Member of Hong Kong International Photography Festival, photography tutor of Government Social Welfare Department youth probationers and Ebenezer School’s photography project for the visually impaired. Group exhibitions articipated include Kwun Tong Redevelopment Documentation Project Exhibitions (Lumenvisum, 2010-2015), Photo Reading Room (JCCAC, 2014) and a group exhibition curated by Lau Ching Ping at Eslite Hong Kong in 2013.
Joe Lau is an IT professional. Photography came into his life, which he gazes through a different window – a view finder. Graduated from The University of Hong Kong SPACE Post Graduate Diploma of Photography in 2012 and YMCA Diploma in Photography. He has participated in various documentary workshops and several joint exhibitions at Lumenvisum.
Born in Taiwan, Cho Yeou Jui obtained her BFA from National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei. She was the first artist to use a slide projector as a tool in painting. Her “Banana Series” astonished the conservative society in the early 1970s. Cho received her MA from the State University of New York at Albany. From 1977, Cho lived in New York City (Soho district) as a professional artist, and showed her work at the OK Harris gallery from 1986. She has held over 20 solo art exhibitions and took part in over 100 group exhibitions internationally. She taught at National Changhua Normal University (1995) and Taitung Teachers College (2000), and was Assistant Professor (2005 - 2011) and visiting artist (2011 – 2012) at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University. She has received awards from the Gottlieb Foundation (2004) and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2005). Her works are collected by museums in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the USA and by private collectors.
Zoe graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art), majoring in Photography, from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (2010). She also completed a Diploma in Fine Arts, majoring in Sculpture at the Hong Kong Art School. Zoe strives to promote the photographic culture. She is active in photography education and art administration. Her artworks are mainly concerned with Hong Kong local culture and urban development. She took part in the publications rough the Horizon: the Travel Journal of Art Container Project, published by MIA (2007-2008), My Soil My Land (2009), published by Hong Kong Arts Centre, and Green 01, published by Friends of the Earth (HK) (2008).
Lam graduated with a MFA from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2003) and a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London (1996). Her practice involves photography, video art and sound. Awards & grants: ‘Centre d'Art i Creació de Ses Voltes’, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (2016); ‘Fundación Valparaíso’, Mojácar, Spain (2011); “Artists in the Neighbourhood Scheme IV” & “Visual Artist-in-Residence Programmes”, Hong Kong Arts Development Council (2009); ‘The 8th Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards (IFVA)’ (2003); ‘Hong Kong Contemporary Art Biennial Awards’ (2009 & 1998). Artist-in-residence: ‘Centre d'Art i Creació de Ses Voltes’, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (2016 & 2015); ‘Lichtenberg Studios’, Berlin, Germany (2014); ‘Casa Monsaraz’, Monsaraz, Portugal & ‘Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder’, Trondheim, Norway (2012); ‘Fundación Valparaíso’, Mojácar, Spain (2011); ‘Takt Kunstprojektraum Artist Residency’, Berlin, Germany (2009). Her works are collected by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and private collections in the UK, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Canada, America, Australia and Hong Kong.
Lam received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and her MFA Degree from RMIT University. Lam is currently teaching at the Education University of Hong Kong and serves as the president of the Hong Kong Visual Arts Society. Lam has held seven solo exhibitions and works on conceptual and large scale site-specific installations. She has been invited by the private and public sector such as Chanel, Times Square, Hong Kong Jockey Club and Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) to participate in more than 100 exhibitions in Hong Kong and overseas, including France, Outer Mongolia, Dubai, Australia etc. Lam was the recipient of numerous arts awards, including *“Award for Best Artist (Visual Arts) at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards presented by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council” (2010), “40 Under 40 Recognition of Young Creative Talents Award” from the Perspective Magazine (2009), “Artist in Neighborhood Scheme IV” (2007), New Vision Award (2001) from the LCSD, Finalist of Contemporary Hong Kong Art Biennial (2005 & 1998), Most Promising Artist Award (Painting category) (1995), First Prize in the Painting category (1996) and Sculpture category (1997) from the Philippe Charriol Foundation.
*As an annual flagship event in the local arts scene, the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards give formal recognition to distinguished art practitioners that have made significant contributions to arts development in Hong Kong.
Lo was educated in the US and obtained a MFA degree at Texas Woman’s University, Texas (1985). She is currently Assistant Professor at the Academy of Film of the School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University. Lo was a journalist before she studied fine arts in the States. Her capabilities and experiences in both journalism and fine arts rendered her a high rhetorical sense of photo narratives. She is a practitioner in photographic storytelling and digital imaging. Using candid photographs, Lo reconstructs the visual space of studied subjects and to illustrate human conditions that cram with social relevance. Her collage work explores the interconnectedness of humans and their social conditions, and is also a record of sensations that triggered by the studied subjects and the social surroundings. Lo held solo and group exhibitions internationally. Her works are collected by Hong Kong Museum of Arts, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Deutsche Bank Collection (Asian Contemporary Arts Hong Kong), and private collectors.
Gretchen is an experienced photographer, educator and arts administrator. She holds a Master degree in Photography from Yale University and attended an MA programme in Arts Administration at Columbia University. She also has a BFA (Hons) in Photography and a BA (Distinction) in Asian Studies from the University of Manitoba, Canada. So has received various awards for her academic studies, including the Lila Acheson Wallace Scholarship from Reader's Digest, Yale Scholarships, as well as the Lehman Fund and the Arts Administration Fund from Columbia University. Gretchen has been awarded a number of publication and exhibition grants from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Her work focuses on the fast-growing and ever-changing cityscape of Hong Kong, and has been showcased throughout Asia, Europe and North America.
Zoie’s work features the interplay of light art, electronic art, mechanical design, digital graphics and programming to produce sculptures, multimedia installations and performances of diverse nature. She sees artistic production as a holistic process, involving the complex perceptions of artist and viewers. Her work often draws inspiration from everyday life, exploring the macro relations among microscopic objects. So has been working as a senior lecturer in the Visual Studies Department of Lingnan University, Hong Kong since 2009. She enjoys cycling to work and looking at the scenery while getting around. She graduated with a BA in Creative Media from the City University of Hong Kong (2004) and, with the support of several scholarships and art grants, completed her MFA at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada (2008). Her works have been exhibited in Hong Kong, Montreal, Ottawa, Milan, Ptuj and Geneva. Some of them were selected for the “Tamar Public Art Project” (2011), the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards (2012), the Art Stays Festival of Contemporary Art (2012), Animamix Biennale (2014) and Writing Machine Collective (2004, 2011, 2014).
Tang Ying Chi obtained a DFA, an MFA and a BFA from Goldsmiths College of the University of London in England and RMIT in Australia respectively. Tang is an active art practitioner who has organized large-scale projects such as Art Container Project (2008 - 2014), curated numerous solo and groups shows, and participated in Art Quarter Budapest Residency (2015) recently. Her works have been exhibited internationally. Tang is interested in issues related to Hong Kong, cultural identity, and contemporary art. Her work ranges from painting to fabric works, multi-media installation and new media.
Tang Ying Mui, Grace obtained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and an MSc from the University of Westminster, England. She started her artistic career in 2007 and has been exhibiting her works constantly in Hong Kong and overseas. Tang received an Arts Education award from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (2009). She was appointed by Adidas as one of the international art ambassadors (2013), and participated in the artist-in-residence programme of Lingnan University (2015). She founded Mere Independent Artists (MIA), the Art Container Project and Front/Side Gallery with other art practitioners. Tang excels in using low technology, unsophisticated skills and industrial manufacturing materials to explore the existing fragile human situations in contemporary life in terms of the four basic survival elements such as clothing, food, shelter and mobility.
Born in Hong Kong, Wong obtained her MFA at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. A local ceramic artist, she has been invited to various artist-in-residence programmes across Asia, Europe and America. Her works have been widely exhibited and collected by museums and private organisations. In 2000, she was granted the Starr Foundation Fellowship by the Asian Cultural Council to travel and study in New York. Wong uses ceramic as a starting point to investigate the order of the universe. In recent years, she has focused on exploring porcelain as a language to express light. She was invited to participate in the “Echigo Tsumari Triennale 2015” with the work “Gogasha”, a porcelain installation that responds to the ever-changing light in nature.
Wong Wo Bik obtained BFA and MFA in the USA (1977 & 1979). She was awarded ACC (1993) and IIE Fellowships (1995), a Certificate of Commendation by the Home Affairs Bureau (2010), and Hong Kong Women Excellence in the Six Arts by the HK Federation of Women (2013). She has been an Expert Advisor (Museums) of LCSD since 1996. Her solo publications include: Color & Consent by Polaroid Far East Corporation (1983), and Hong Kong/China Photographers – Volume Four – Wong Wo Bik, by AsiaOne Publishing Co. Ltd (2009). She has participated in more than 100 solo and groups exhibitions locally and internationally. She has also done local and overseas curatorial work in recent years. Her works explore cultural and artistic issues including urban architecture and daily livelihood, conflict and balance, fabrication and reality. Her works are collected by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Guangdong Museum of Art (Guangzhou, China), Archive of Modern Conflict (London, Great Britain), Blindspot Gallery Hong Kong and private collectors mainly in Hong Kong and the USA.
Joe graduated with a MA in Fine Arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2011). She is a member of Community Museum Project and IKAI. She has exhibited locally and overseas, and curated and worked on various art and publication projects. Her artworks have been collected by Hong Kong Heritage Museum and private collectors. There is no fixed medium in her artistic production. Joe is interested in studying the relationship between texts and images, and the production of their meanings within a communication system. She also attempts to explore and reveal the absurd phenomena in Hong Kong, and aims at providing viewers with critical perspectives on the city. She loves her city and believes that the absurd people and events will disappear one day.