Waiting for the Moment—James Chung10 April–30 July, 2021
Waiting for the Moment by James Chung
Exhibition period: From 10 April 2021, 10:30 to 19:30 (open daily)
Exhibition venue: f22 foto space, Shops BW11 & 13, The Peninsula Arcade, Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
f22 foto space was delighted by the overwhelming success of Long Shadows, the first solo exhibition of renowned Hong Kong photographer, James Chung, at its Peninsula Hotel gallery last year.
We are pleased to present another exciting exhibition of James Chung – Waiting for the Moment – comprising over 30 of his most iconic images on the beautiful Hong Kong of the 1950s and 60s.
Waiting for the Moment was the motto and the belief of the photographer behind his charming works of art. “I believe that the most significant element behind a good photograph is waiting... waiting for the moment to catch the right subject, best lighting and ideal composition,” said James. His families and friends recalled James spending countless hours, even days, waiting for the moment when all the desirable elements come together for the perfect shot.
The exhibition includes a selection of images which captured the photographer’s spirit and perseverance in pursuing both beauty and reality. It also allows us to travel in time and experience the enchanting old Hong Kong we all love. Waiting for the Moment is another exhibition of James Chung not to be missed!
The silver gelatin prints in this exhibition were all handcrafted in Hong Kong by Mr Stanley Chung, son of the photographer and print master. Both vintage and edition prints are available for purchase. For more information, please contact email@example.com or + 852 6511 2218.
Originally from Xinhui County in Guangdong, James first settled in Hong Kong in 1947. He worked as an apprentice at a movie theatre’s art department, specialising in designing and producing movie posters. In 1955, he managed to acquire his first Rolleicord Vb F3.5 only through splitting the cost with a friend, which embarked his journey in photography. Entirely self-taught, James enhanced his photographic knowledge from subject selection, photographic skill to dark room technique through hard fought resources and connections. After earning two photo competition awards, James was introduced to a film company and became a full time movie-still photographer in 1963. Later, he was made the chief editor of New Wave Photography magazine. He supported his passion for photography and overcame economic hardship through winning photo awards and recognitions. In 1968, James started his own studio in North Point with a focus on portrait for commercials and print enlargement. James’s business grew and two more studios were opened soon afterwards.
James won the Perulz Film Photography Competition organized by New Evening Post and the silver prize at the Hong Kong International Salon of Photography in 1958 and 1959 respectively, among others. His achievements in photography were further recognised by the Honorary Fellowship from the Photographic Society of Hong Kong and Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain later. His works are collected by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.
James retired in 1991 and passed his business together with over 12,000 prints and negatives to his children. He died in 2018 at the age of 93.