William Tsui

Mr Edwards, 1990 © William Tsui
Mr Edwards, 1990 © William Tsui

His family coming from a Hong Kong/Chinese background, William Tsui has spent much of his life living and working in South Wales. He studied Three Dimensional Design, including photography, at West Surrey College of Art, from 1981-84. In 1990 he was commissioned by Ffotogallery to produce work on Aber/Blaengwynfi; a small village set in a fairly remote part of the Afan Valley. The photographer was drawn to this place in particular, as in many ways it epitomises the plight of so many of the South Wales Valleys which have been emasculated with the demise of the once thriving coal industry. In the early 1990s there were efforts by the local community to regenerate and revitalise the town’s infrastructure. It was this enthusiasm and growing confidence evident in the people of Aber/Blaengwynfi that William Tsui set out to capture in his highly evocative portfolio of photographs.

In 1996 he was awarded an Arts Council of Wales grant for his Two Dragons series – a photographic study of Chinese life in Wales.