Born in Hong Kong, 1964, Wing Shya is a photographer who shuffles between the domains of fashion, film and art. His passion in art and design was early-seeded, which led him to further pursue studies at Emily Carr Institute in Canada. After returning to Hong Kong, he began his career as a graphic designer and in 1996, he set up the awardwinning design studio, Shya-la-la Workshop.
Appointed as the exclusive photographer and graphic designer; Wing Shya began his collaboration with the renowned movie director, Wong Kar-Wai on Happy Together, continued then on In the Mood for Love, Eros and 2046.
Wing Shya is also a recognized director. He began his venture by collaborating with musicians and artistes like Karen Mok, Jacky Cheung and Vanessa Mae on their music videos. In Spring 2010, Wing Shya debuted his block-buster movie, Hot Summer Days and continued to work on the sequel, Love in Space, which was released in Fall 2011. In 2010, invited by Rodarte; Wing Shya conceived of a fashionart clip for the launch of their Maggie Cheung Collection, and in 2011, he was invited by YOOX to contemplate Lost Paradise, a fashion-art clip for the launching of thecorner.com in China.
In March 2006, invited by the Mori Art Museum in Roppongi Hill, Japan; Wing Shya was the first non-Japanese photographer to exhibit at the museum with his inaugural show, Distraction/Attraction. In 2007, he was selected to exhibit in In Fashion 07, curated by Marion de Beaupré at Art Basel Miami, and in October the same year, he had a solo exhibition, Jealousy, at Xintiandi, Shanghai. In 2008, Wing Shya also took part in China Design Now, which was exhibited at V&A Museum.
Wing Shya contributes to numerous fashion and art magazines, such as i-D (UK), French Vogue, 32c (Berlin), Big Magazine (US), Biba (Paris), More or Less (Japan), Men’s Non-no (Japan), TIME Style and Design and Flare (Canada). His clientele consists of Louis Vuitton, Lacoste, Christophe Lemaire, A Bathing Ape, Nike, Adidas, Rolex, Swarovsky and L’Oreal.