Tin Man Lee, a world-class award-winning photographer, will hold his first solo exhibition at the Ping Yuan and Kinmay W Tang Gallery of HKUST Lee Shau Kee Library this fall – the first Library event to celebrate the University's 25th Anniversary.
In 2013, Tin Man was awarded the Grand Prize in the highly prestigious Nature's Best Photography WindLand Smith Rice International Competition, out of 25,000 entries from 50 countries. Before that, he already snagged the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Top 10 and the cover of NANPA's Expression magazine. The winning photo was "the first ever photograph in the contest history that received full score from all judges."
Titled Natural World, Cultural Elegance: A Photography Exhibition by Tin Man Lee (天地自然文化風采 –– 李天文攝影展), this exhibition will feature 48 stunning photos, including Nature's winning piece Pouncing Bear.
Raised and educated in Hong Kong, Tin Man completed his secondary education at Queen's College. He received a full scholarship to UCLA after attaining top grades in the HKCEE. With a PhD in Biomedical Engineering specializing in imaging and image processing, he now manages a medical imaging data center in California.
At a young age, Tin Man developed a deep love for nature. Six years ago, he rediscovered his passion for wildlife, particularly in the remote parts of Alaska. Equipped with an academic background in science, he combines technology and creativity to create images that are artistic and innovative. He has a talent for capturing the intimate side of animal behavior and other fleeting and mysterious moments in nature. His images are said to "reflect a very deep respect for nature and the wildlife it nurtures. Lee's photographs tell stories, rekindling our love for the natural world and reminding us to protect it."
The exhibition's Opening Ceremony will be held on September 24 at 3:30pm. President Tony Chan and EVPP Prof Wei Shyy will officiate. A gallery tour by the artist will follow. On the same evening at 7 pm, Tin Man will deliver a public talk on wildlife photography. And on September 25, Tin Man will hold a sharing session to talk about his own stories and his life experiences in academia, his career, photography, etc. More details of these events will be announced by e-mail and on the Library Website.
An exhibition catalog and postcards made from pictures in this exhibition will be published as mementos of the occasion.
This exhibition is jointly presented by the Library and the Publishing Technology Center, and sponsored by the Office of Executive Vice-President & Provost.