Photo exhibition of Jupiter Wong's still images
With dynamic energy and striking composition, Jupiter Wong freezes the precise moment, capturing film personalities and scenes with his shutter. Two hundred amazing shots reflecting the uniqueness of Hong Kong film culture will be on display at the Exhibition Hall of the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) from tomorrow (September 4) to October 24.
The "Fame, Flame, Frame - Jupiter Wong Foto Exhibition" is organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department's film archive.
Jupiter Wong is not a typical stills photographer - he is a crossover filmmaker. He has participated in the making of local productions and worked with many of Hong Kong's top directors including Ann Hui, Tsui Hark, Fruit Chan, Johnnie To and Peter Chan.
His passion for film is shown in his captivating images. Director Tsui Hark says each of Wong's pictures is a statement; producer Tang Yat-ming says the photos not only record a film and its shooting location, but also embed Wong's mood at that time. Director Fruit Chan is even more direct. He says that with a camera in hand Wong would think of himself as a film director and his pictures are his own creation.
Wong worked for Asia Television Ltd in the 1980s as a continuity person, scriptwriter, director and co-ordinator. He turned to cinema in the 1990s and has worked as assistant director, post-production co-ordinator and producer of "making-of" documentaries. He also worked as a photographer for a film magazine, taking pictures of stars and capturing behind-the-scenes moments.
In 1999, Wong became an official stills photographer for the first time, for "Gen-X Cops".
The exhibition comprises five sections, featuring more than 200 of Wong's best shots. Stills shown in the "Behind the Scenes" section are not only records of the films and the shooting locations, they also capture the unique moments that go beyond the constraints of film stills.
Wong excels in capturing people's moods. Many of his stills such as Jo Kuk's image in "Visible Street", Anita Mui in "Eighteen Springs" and Leslie Cheung in "Double Tap" are classic images of Hong Kong films. Charming photos of the film stars can be viewed in the "Fame in Frames" section. In "Catch the moment" section, people can feel the passion from his "harsh" and "quick" snapshots.
Wong's unique artistic style is reflected in the "Black, Grey, White" area. An installation of small photos also features audio-visual recordings of interviews with stars, directors and film personalities who have worked closely with Wong. More of his works can also be seen from the computer monitor in this area.
The exhibition opens daily from 10am to 8pm except Thursday.
A photo album -- "Fame, Flame, Frame - Jupiter Wong Foto Exhibition" -- priced at $90 will be on sale at the archive.
For enquiries, call 2739 2139 or visit http://www.filmarchive.gov.hk
Ends/Friday, September 3, 2004