Hong Kong is one of the world’s greatest centers for business and culture. As a colony under British rule from the mid-1800s until 1997, Hong Kong became an influential international hub in Asia. Today, Hong Kong is one of two areas known as Special Administrative Regions, or SARs, under the sovereignty of the People’s Republic of China, the other being Macau.
The popularity of Hong Kong as a headquarters for financial firms is growing, while its reputation as a center for the arts continues to rise. For example, many of the world’s most creative and innovative artists have begun their careers in the “Fragrant Harbor,” including several up and coming photographers.
Ray Kam is the founder and chief photographer at 6ixsenze Production in Hong Kong. His astounding work captures the mystery, beauty and excitement of fashion and style. The winner of the WPPI 2011 competition in the Advertising/Fashion Category, Ray Kam is a teacher of photography at UNIART where his students describe him as “pragmatic and inspirational.”
Another prominent young photographer on the art scene in Hong Kong is Carmen Chan. Chan was born in Las Vegas, but grew up in Los Angeles and Hong Kong, where she now resides and plies her trade. Her love of photography was sparked after working for three years in film and TV production in Hollywood. After leaving Hollywood she almost immediately found herself working with such notable international fashion photographers as Hedi Slimane, Colette de Barros, and Melissa Rodwell.
Despite his youthful smile, Felix So has been working in photography for over twenty years. So was chosen to be the President of the Hong Kong Institute of Professional Photographers from 2006 until 2008, and has earned recognition in all corners of the globe for his special capturing of still, fashion and portrait photography. He widely lectures in the Hong Kong area on photography, including such respected institutes as the Hong Kong Chingying Institute of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the City University of Hong Kong.