Leo K.K. Wong

Leo K.K. Wong

1932
Born in Hong Kong
1959
Qualified as Medical Doctor from the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Hong Kong (MBBS, Hong Kong), and practised as a Physician in Hong Kong government hospitals.
Started private medical practice in 1971 and qualified as FRCP (London, Edinburgh & Glasgow), FCPHK and FHKAM. Retired in 2006
1966
Studied photography under master photographer SF Dan
1970
Served at leading Hong Kong photographic societies in various capacities including Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong 35mm Photographic Society, President of the Photographic Salon Exhibitors Association, advisor to various photographic societies, proficiency examination judge and international salon judge
In the 1970s, participated in the International Salon Exhibitions in the monochrome as well as colour prints divisions and ranked among the world’s top ten photographers for nine years – first in four years, second in three years, third in one year and fourth in another year
1976
Awarded Hon. FPSEA by the Photographic Salon Exhibitors Association
1978
Awarded FRPS by the Royal Photographic Society
1980
Became friends with the late Chinese painter Zhu Qizhan and was greatly influenced by Zhu's consummate use of colour and light, as well as the way in which his expressiveness was achieved through individuality, strength and conciseness
1982
Awarded Hon. FPSHK by the Photographic Society of Hong Kong
1984
Awarded FPSA by the Photographic Society of America
1986
Awarded Master of Photography by the International Federation of Photographic Art (MFIAP)
1996
Organised PHOTO GEM, an exhibition held at the Hong Kong City Hall that marked nearly half a century of achievements of the members of the Photographic Salon Exhibitors Association. A catalogue was printed and the exhibits were subsequently donated to the Hong Kong Museum of Art
2001
Organised exhibition VISION BEYOND – Hong Kong Art Photography 1900-2000, which along with a catalogue, documented a century of photography in Hong Kong. All works and related historical materials were donated to the Hong Kong Heritage Museum
2001 Dec
Spoke at a forum entitled "Hong Kong Art Photography 1900-2000" at the "Vision Beyond-Hong Kong Art Photography International Forum". The other distinguished speakers were Mr. John Page, President of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain; Dr. Albert Sieg, President of Photographic Society of America; Mr. Joan Burgues, Vice-president of the International Federation of Photographic Art and Mr. Gao Fan, Chairman of the Chinese Photographers Association
2002 Nov
Received venue sponsorship from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the HKSAR Government to host a solo exhibition at the Exhibition Gallery of the Hong Kong Central Library. Conducted two talks and printed a catalogue entitled "Poetic Images"
2003 Aug
Presented a talk entitled "Poetic Images" at the PSA Annual Convention in Houston, USA
Sep
Awarded Hon. FRPS by the Royal Photographic Society
Dec
Interviewed by Beijing CCTV in the programme "Shunjian Shijie" to present his views on "Elements Influencing the Artistic Value in Photography"
2004 May
Commended by the Secretary for Home Affairs of the HKSAR Government for distinguished service in the promotion of arts and culture
2005 Apr
Published the catalogue "Photo Impressionism" and the exhibition later traveled to more than 30 cities, including Macau, Hong Kong and Beijing. Presented lectures "Photo Impressionism" and "My Pursuit in Photography" in Macau, Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing
2005-2007
Served as the President of the Photographic Society of Hong Kong
2007 May
Invited by 2007 Guangzhou Photo Biennial and exhibited with Mr. Tchan Fou-li and Mr. Kan Hing-fook at the Guangdong Museum of Art
May
Awarded Hon. EFIAP by the International Federation of Photographic Art
Jun
Hosted solo exhibition "Photo Impressionism" at the Cultural Centre of China in Paris, France
Nov
Invited by "Image Sans Frontière" to exhibit works at the Montier-en-Der Festival, France
2008 Feb
"Photo Impressionism" was exhibited in Shantou
Mar
All 58 pieces of exhibits of "Photo Impressionism" were donated to Quanzhou Huaguang Institute of Photographic Art, Fujian
Mar
"Photo Impressionism" was exhibited at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Benin, West Africa
Apr
A portfolio of 50 photographs from "Photo Impressionism" was exhibited at the International Photography Festival in Münsingen, Switzerland
May
Conducted lecture "Nature's Delight" at the 41st International Photographic Salon Exhibition hosted by the Photographic Salon Exhibitors Association, accompanied by a photo catalogue
Jun
Received venue sponsorship from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the HKSAR Government to host solo exhibition "Beauty of the Plum Blossom" at the Exhibition Gallery of the Hong Kong Central Library. A catalogue with the same title was published
Sep
Hosted solo exhibition "Photo Impressionism" at the Nan-Hai Art Centre gallery in San Francisco, USA
Oct
A portfolio of "Beauty of the Plum Blossom" was exhibited at the Fuzhou International Arts Festival
2009 Mar
Hosted joint exhibition "Impression : Hong Kong" with Mr. Chow Yun-fat at the Hong Kong Central Library
Mar - Oct
Hosted joint exhibition "The Verve of Light & Shadow" with master photographers Mr. Tchan Fou-li and Mr. Kan Hing-Fook at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. A catalogue with the same title was published
Aug
Hosted joint exhibition “Petals of Light” with Mr. Lai Wing Chiu and Mr. Frankie K.H. Ng at the Handover Gifts Museum of Macao. A catalogue with the same title was published.
Oct
"Petals of Light" was exhibited at Zhongshan Culture & Art Centre, China
2010 Apr
Solo exhibition "Lotus Fantasia" held at the Central Plaza, Hong Kong. A catalogue with the same title was published
Jul
Awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BSS) by the HKSAR Government for his achievements in photographic art and his exemplary efforts in promoting the development of photographic art in Hong Kong, mainland China and overseas
Dec
Solo exhibition "Photo Impressionism" was held at 21st Photo Fair, Bitec Convention Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
2011 Jun
"Photo Impressionism" was exhibited at Heng Chong Gallery, Taipei
Jul
"Photo Impressionism" was exhibited at the SGM Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sep
"Lotus Fantasia" was exhibited at Hotel Fullerton, Singapore
Oct
"Photo Impressionism" was exhibited at ION Art Gallery, Singapore
Nov
Awarded MPSA by the Photographic Society of America
2012 Apr
"Photo Impressionism" was exhibited in the Research Department of Photographic Art at the Chinese National Academy of Arts in Beijing. An academic symposium entitled “Photo Impressionism: Poetic Sentiment of Dr. Leo Wong’s Photographic Art” was held
Sep
"Photo Impressionism" was exhibited at the Poly Art Museum, Beijing
2014 Oct
Awarded Hon.PSA, a distinctive title bestowed by the Photographic Society of America, for his outstanding exhibition record; his exceptional leadership in several organisations in Hong Kong and China with over 30 years of service; for his beautiful and creative images as a photographic artist; and for his teaching and the sharing of his techniques
2015 Jan
"Dr. Leo K.K. Wong’s World of Images - My Hong Kong in 60s-70s" was exhibited at the Living Room Museum, Hong Kong Times Square
2016 Jan
"Dr. Leo K.K. Wong’s World of Colours - My Ode to the Seasons" was exhibited at the Living Room Museum, Hong Kong Times Square
2017 Jul
"Beyond Senses, Beyond Colours - Solo Exhibition of Leo K.K. Wong" was exhibited at Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery, Hong Kong
Oct
Invited by The Photographic Society of Hong Kong and The Photographic Salon Exhibitors' Association to give a seminar entitled "Dr. Leo K.K. Wong's World of Colours" at the Hong Kong Central Library
Present
Serving as Honorary President of The Photographic Society of Hong Kong, Honorary President of The Photographic Salon Exhibitors’ Association, Honorary President of The Photographic Society of Macau, Honorary President of The Photographic Salon Society of Macau, Honorary President of Macao Digital Photography Association, Advisor of the China Photographers Association and Museum Expert Advisor to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department
Photography Distinctions
Hon.FPSEA, Hon.FPSHK, Hon.PSA, FPSA, MPSA, Hon.FRPS, FRPS, MFIAP, EFIAP, Hon.EFIAP