Photographer Wing Shya takes a stroll down memory lane

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 October, 2007, 12:00am

The town's hipsters had all kinds of reasons to hang out at Pacific House's ground floor event last Thursday night. It was a combination event: the launch of the new Diesel magazine, announcement of the transformation of faux band Alive's website into a platform for indie music, a performance by Conroy Chan Chi-chung's rap unit, 24 Herbs, and - the main attraction - a retrospective exhibition of photographer Wing Shya's work.

Famed for his celebrity and fashion shoots, Wing (right) admitted he started the project only three weeks ago and needed the help of two curators to select the 300 prints and 2,500-plus Polaroids on show. In digging through his archives, it also allowed Wing to take a walk down memory lane.

'I remember on one film set that when Maggie [Cheung Man-yuk] first arrived, I couldn't stop snapping pictures. It was like I got high or something,' Wing recalled.

'Another of my favourites is a picture of 'Gor Gor' Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing with a faint rainbow in the background. The colour tone of that picture was brilliant and I was really pleased I found it. It does seem to me that older stars were trained so they knew what to give to a photographer.' His exhibition, The Archives Unlocked, will be on display until October 28.