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HomeContents > People > Photographers > K.H. Wu

Other: Dr. Kay-Hau Wu 
Dates:  1920 -
Born:  China, Canton

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Approved biography for K.H. Wu
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)

Dr. Kay-Hau Wu was born in Canton, China, on June 18, 1920. In 1929, his father took him to Hong Kong to flee a Communist uprising. There, he was educated and began developing film and printing his own photographs. During the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, he spent nearly four years back in China.
Wu returned to Hong Kong after the war and practiced medicine. Spending more leisure time in photography, he joined the Photographic Society of America and Englandís Royal Photographic Society, both of which eventually conferred fellowship status on him (FPSA and FRPS). He was also a member of the Photographic Society of Hong Kong, serving as its president in 1957. The same year he was on the jury of selection for the First Hong Kong International Color Slide Exhibition, held jointly with the Twelfth Hong Kong International Salon of Pictorial Photography.
Wu began exhibiting in about 1950, showing in Fresno, Memphis, Munich, New York, Springfield (Massachusetts), and elsewhere. In 1964 and 1968, his color work was included in the International Salon of Photography in Taipei, Taiwan, sponsored by the Photographic Society of China. The English annual Photograms of the Year reproduced images by him in 1956 and 1957.
One of his most successful photographs was his Old Scholar, a rich print of which the Minneapolis Institute of Art owns. It shows an elderly, bearded man admiring a sheet of hand-brushed characters he has just completed.
Wu sent his wife to the United States in 1978 and joined her in the San Francisco area twelve years later. 
Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012) 
This biography is courtesy and copyright of Christian Peterson and is included here with permission. 
Date last updated: 1 June 2013. 
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