Research Project: Locating Photographic Practice in Hong Kong since the 1960s

Lee Wing Ki is the AAA Research Grantee for 2011. Lee’s research project takes an ethnographic approach to the analysis of the photographic community in Hong Kong. He will look at practice and process from image-taking to image-making, from creative process to final product, from pioneers to practitioners, 1960s to present. Thinking through the methodologies of ethnography, the project examines the relationship between the community, technology and subjectivity.

The research project is coming to completion in the fall of 2013. Through his research, Lee acquired and compiled a pool of invaluable physical and digital materials, including 195 copies of back issues of the pioneering magazines Photo Pictorial, over ten in-depth interviews with local practitioners, and a series of rare publications and personal archives from the 1960s to the 2010s, which will be gradually made accessible in the AAA's Library and online platform.


About Lee Wing Ki

Lee Wing Ki is a documentary photographer and writer based in Hong Kong. He earned a BA in Western Art History from the University of Hong Kong. He then earned an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from London College of Communication, the University of Arts London, where he obtained a Distinction and was supported by a British Chevening Scholarship. Lee has since worked in the arts and creative industries in Hong Kong and the UK, including a lectureship at the HKU SPACE Community College and the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University. He also serves as a research manager for the Hong Kong Design Centre and has worked for the Sony World Photography Awards (UK) since 2009. Lee has edited magazines and art festival catalogues in media arts and visual culture, including founding fe/male bodies (2005, supported by KN Godfrey Yeh Education Fund), editorial for Constant Stream: China 09, editor for Microwave International New Media Arts Festival 2010, guest editor for KLACK: Photography and Culture, and editor for One World Exposition: Chinese Art in the Age of the New Media 2012. Lee’s photography has been exhibited in the UK, Germany, and Latvia.

Judges for AAA Research Grant 2011 include:

Ranjit Hoskote, Independent Curator and Cultural Theorist, Bombay, India.
Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez, Faculty Member, Department of Art Studies, University of the Philippines; Contributing Editor, Pananaw: Philippine Journal of Visual Arts, Manila, the Philippines.
Jane DeBevoise, Chair, Board of Directors, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong.
Claire Hsu, Executive Director, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong.
Janet Chan, Research Coordinator, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong.

Relevant content

AAA Research Grant

AAA Research Grant