Exhibition gives insights into world of photographers and how they see it

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 May, 2012, 12:00am


Artist Stanley Wong Ping-pui's photo exhibition, entitled 'To see: to be seen', attracted a large crowd of artists, celebrities and socialites to the Pao Galleries at the Hong Kong Arts Centre in Wan Chai last Wednesday.

His third curatorial project after 'Red-white-blue' and 'What's Next 30x30', this exhibition - which runs until Thursday - features 28 self-portraits and portraits by the exhibition's 14 photographers, grouped into seven pairs.

'They are mostly friends I've known for over 20 years except the new and upcoming talents such as [mainland photographer and visual artist] Chen Man,' Wong said. 'They all share the same passion and persistence in photography, although they are also lacking the ability to verbalise their thoughts.

'My vision was to give them a chance to express themselves. Through this interactive project, I hope the audience sees how the photographers see themselves and their partners, from their own points of view, which is always very real.'

Wong said he paired up with Venerable Chang Lin (a professional photographer formerly known as Alain Yip Ching-lam before he became a monk) as they share the same passion for Buddhism.

Chang's nine photographs reveal Wong's true self, including one fun and cheerful image showing him hiding among some students.

Wong's work Before/After features two portraits of Chang in profile alongside photos of items he owned before and after he became a monk. Most of the photographers including Chang, Lau Ching-ping, Lee Ka-sing and Justin Chan and his pair partner Hisun Wong were at the event sharing interesting insights about their work.

Supporters included media personality Tina Lau Tin-lan, fashion designer William Tang Tat-chi and singer-songwriter Joyce Lee Lok-si, but one unexpected guest was chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying, who appeared briefly, but left before the opening ceremony.