Artist: FRANCIS WUPrint Title: FlirtationMedium: Sheet-fed GravurePrinting Date: 1954Printed in EnglandImage Size: 6 X 7.5 inches
Francis Wu (1911-1989) was the most well-known Hong Kong pictorialist in the United States after World War II. In 1945 Mr. Wu opened his studio in Hong Kong. During the Japanese occupation of World War II, he gave up photography to avoid attention and eked out a living as a broker. After the war, he resumed his profession and organized the first Hong Kong salon of pictorial photography. By the early 1950s, the Francis Wu Studio was a leading Asian concern, based in the heart of the city and employing twenty individuals. It performed all manner of professional work, including portrait, industrial, fashion, aerial, and journalistic photography. In 1953, Mr. Wu had a one man exhibition in the Smithsonian Institute of Art in Washington.
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