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
2003
Awarded Hon. FRPS by the Royal Photographic Society
2004
Commended by the Secretary for Home Affairs of the HKSAR Government for distinguished service in the promotion of arts and culture
2005-2007
Served as the President of the Photographic Society of Hong Kong
2007
Awarded Hon. EFIAP by the International Federation of Photographic Art
2008
Conducted lecture "Nature's Delight" at the 41st International Photographic Salon Exhibition hosted by the Photographic Salon Exhibitors Association, accompanied by a photo catalogue
2010
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
2011
Awarded MPSA by the Photographic Society of America
2012
"Photo Impressionism: Poetic Sentiment of Dr. Leo K.K. Wong's Photographic Art" academic symposium held at the Chinese National Academy of Arts
2013 Aug
Presented a talk entitled "Poetic Images" at the PSA Annual Convention in Houston, USA
Sep
Awarded Hon. FRPS by the Royal Photographic Society for his contribution to photography which has had a major influence throughout the Far East
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
Present
Serving as Honorary Advisor of the China Photographers Association and Museum Expert Advisor to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department