Wing Shya | Hong Kong Photographer, Director
One of my favourite photographers is Hong Kong based Wing Shya. Long time collaborator with auteur director Wong Kar Wai, Wing Shya is equally comfortable in fashion, film and art and his photographs often look like stills out of a movie.
I met Wing Shya at a talk he held at London’s Institute of Contemporary Art many years ago, and the impression he left was deep, his ethereal images are distinctive and seem to always to be a part of a larger narrative, invoking the viewer to imagine what happened before, and after the frame imortalised. His bold colour palatte and grainy pictures are very urban and visceral, of disenfranchised youth and jilted lovers contemplating their loss. I remember Shya saying that he likes working with expired film, as the results are unpredictable and organic, words which definitely describes his work well.
Wing Shya runs Shya-la-la Workshop in Hong Kong and apart from his photography, has also directed music videos and the film ‘Hot Summer Days’.
View the photos from my Hong Kong series.