His instantly recognisable and dreamy images have made Wing Shya Hong Kong’s most acclaimed photographer

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Photographer, artist and film director Wing Shya has helped shape the way the world sees Hong Kong. Taking an experimental approach that embraces imperfection, he specialises in expressive, romantic, high contrast and often deliberately blurry images that exude personality and drama. After studying in Canada, he started his career working in advertising, then got a job as a designer at Commercial Radio. He ended up shooting album covers, then working for a record label, shooting pop stars such as Eason Chan and Aaron Kwok.


But he really made his name as the stills photographer on the sets of the movies of Hong Kong’s greatest cinematic auteur, Wong Kar-wai, including Happy Together (1997), In the Mood for Love (2000), Eros (2004) and 2046 (2004). He has also directed several feature films of his own, starting with 2010’s Hot Summer Days, while he has worked as a fashion photographer for publications including Time and Vogue, and for brands including Louis Vuitton, Maison Martin Margiela, A Bathing Ape, Rolex and L’Oréal. He is also in demand as a fine art photographer: in 2006, he became the first non-Japanese photographer to exhibit at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, while his 2020 exhibition Happy Together at Hong Kong’s Blue Lotus Gallery was so popular that the gallery had to hire security guards.

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In 2021, Wing Shya collaborated with Taiwanese musician Eric Chou on an NFT art series, Chaos+, based on Shya’s 2020 book Chaos.

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