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Norm Yip

Shared from my artist Page, a recent shoot with a lovely young lady Isabelle.

From my main artist page, some images taken at a beach of sand and water at the end of the shoot with a client.

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3.AM book launch party pics

Putting a book together is no small task, and as they say, the real work comes after the book is printed and published. You need to get the word out. So my first little event was the book launch of The Asian Male - 3.AM, which was held at the quaint and hip Culture Club this past Thursday. Attended by fans and new faces, and including several models from the book, it was a blast. Thank to everyone that came and showed their support. 

For those in the dark about what the book is about, it's my third photography book using the Asian Male face and body as my chosen subject. Mostly all the images are of the nude, exemplifying the beauty and sensuality of the male form. There is a touch of fashion, some erotica and bondage images. To get a sense of the work that I do, you can see some images at, but I'll post some shots later. The work is very personal and I'm more classically trained as far as my approach to how I see and capture an image. I'm not fond of overly manipulated (photoshopped) images, but on the rare occasion. 

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THE NARCISSIST - a photography exhibition by Norm Yip

THE NARCISSIST A photography exhibition by Norm YipIn an unplanned and unexpected photography session, a series of erotic and seductive photographs were realized in the course of less than an hour. A mirror was used an unlikely prop, as it conjured up the creative energy in the youth I call ‘The Narcissist’. A selection of 12 finely crafted images was the result, to which I am glad to share with you at this private viewing in my Chai Wan studio.Limited Edition Prints and Collection:All artwork will be on sale as signed limited edition prints and as an entire collection.Opening Reception:Friday, 26 July 2013, 7 – 10pmPlease R.S.V.P at nwy@normyip.comor at is very limited as my studio space is not large.The Narcissist will be present at the reception.Viewing Times:Saturday, 27 July, 12 – 6pmSunday, 28 July, 12 – 6pmSaturday, 3 August, 12 – 6pmSunday, 4 August, 12 – 6pmor by AppointmentStudio 8 HKRoom 809, 8/F, Block BHong Kong Chai Wan Industrial Building26 Lee Chung StreetChai Wan, Hong KongTel: +852 25406267Fax: +852 25424208Mob: +852 68388948

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beaux - the asian male magazine V1- VANITY ISSUE

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BEAUX Magazine - Volume 3 - The Self Indulgence Issue

Hi Everyone,  I just finished Volume 3 of BEAUX Magazine. ‘Self Indulgence’ issue featuring the photography of Timmothy Lee, Jeff Ip, Samson Poon, Victoria Del La Torres, Max To and Norm Yip. Andre Cooray interviews David LeChapelle on his new art. Go to and download on the image. (Can't link images here unfortunately.) The file is huge, so break for coffee while it downloads. If you truly, deeply like the issue and have any comments, please let me know. Our BEAUX facebook: BEAUX Magazine is all based on contributors and many photographers. Every 2 months I create BEAUX, aiming for the fashion, photography, and art community. If you are interested in submitting artwork, please contact me at I would LOVE to hear from you. Ciao!ask

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BEAUX Magazine - Volume 2

Hi All, BEAUX magazine, Volume 2 went live just a few weeks ago and I'm just getting around to posting it here on Alivenotdead! It's an online fashion and lifestyle magazine for men and women. In it, I interview Edward Gunawan and Andri Cung, co-directors for their short film Payung Merah (Red Umbrella), which debuted at the Hong Kong Film Festival in March. We also have an exclusive interview with rapper extraodinaire MC Jin. Please download the magazine by going to this link: you like it!Also visit the BEAUX website for what's happening around here in HK that is fashion, art and culture related: 

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Shooting Sean Li...

Today, I had the opportunity to photograph Sean Li, one of the main actors from the movie Permanent Residence. The first hour or so was me just shooting headshots of him, something I had in mind when I first met him in person. Then later on I moved onto shooting more fashion-sexy images. It all turned out fine, but my strobe kept on misbehaving during the set. Nevertheless, I was happy get some good shots in. I'll show some of the image here once I get around to editing and post production. Thanks Sean for allowing me to shoot you. Let's try to do more at another time. I really enjoyed the session today. 

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Photojam! Sessions are here...

Here is new idea that I dreamed up one late night at my studio. It's Photojam!. I hope some of you guys and gals will take up on a session or two or more.

Here it is:

PHOTOJAM! fun freestyle photography workshop Photojam! is a fun photography session open to everyone who has a penchant for camera work. Every week aspiring photographers gather to practice their art, exchange tips and have a good time. Our studio gets the lighting, backdrops, groovy music and models all ready and set, so all you need to do is turn up with your camera! We alternate between male and female models every week, and take care of their makeup, hair and clothing. Come join us and shoot away!

To celebrate our first Photojam!, those who sign up for the October 14th session, will be given FREE entry. But remember, space is limited, so sign up fast to see if you are the lucky photographer!


Opening Night FREE: Wednesday, October, 14th, 7:30 - 10:30pm (only a few spaces left, so please register soon)Regular Nights: Wednesdays, October 21th, 28th, November 4, 7:30 - 10:30pm

  Fee:      HKD $400/Session (includes a glass of wine)


Download the Form

  Skill Level:  Ideal for beginners and amateurs


Location: Studio 8

  Room 802, Block B

  8/F Hong Kong (Chai Wan) Industrial Building

  26 Lee Chung Street

  Chai Wan, Hong Kong 


  (short 2 minute walk from Chai Wan Station, Exit C)

  T: 2540 6267  F: 2542 4208

Info: Norm Yip

  E: M: 68388948

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"Commercial photography from a fine-art point of view"

Last weekend I attended a free lecture at the Hasselblad Masters of Photography exhibition that was entitled "Commercial photography from a fine-art point of view". An extremely well-attended audience turned up, perhaps of about 150 or so. The speaker was a member of the HKIPP, a well respected association in Hong Kong known for it's scrutiny of members portfolios, but with a lenient requirement on educational background on the topic of photography. Commercial photography is it's primary aim in bringing members on board. The talk however was less than adequate and rather disappointing. The speaker pulled up images of Italian ceiling paintings and sculptures and spoke of the beauty thereof. Of course, these works would be considered art and then suddenly went into her showcase of commercial work, desperately trying to draw comparisons to her attention to detail of lighting. Her commercial work however, consisted of frozen fish adverts, jewelry and watches, and lighting fixtures and other knick-knacks. Simply because she photographed mostly with film (previously) in her images and that she didn't do photoshop doesn't make her work 'artistic'. Her only real concern was to make a image of a product, as to sell the product. Sure, I will agree that some commercial photography warrants being called artistic, but that was hardly the case from the presentation. Art must be conceived first from the idea that the work is a personal exploration of a feeling or concept that the individual needs to express. Emphasis on the 'personal'. This is where art is derived from. An art gallery is only a mediator to sell that which you have produced from your heart and soul.  

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Norm Yip

Painter, Photographer, Author


Never in my dreams as a little child did I ever think I would come to live, work and play in Hong Kong. Born in Canada to Chinese parents, I moved here in 1994 ...Read more

Hometown Nipawin, Saskatchewan
Favorite Music Paul Van Dyke, Steve Lawler, John Digweed, Sasha, yeah the oldies! Ambient/ trance seductive and groove
Member Since May 31, 2007
Location Hong Kong

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