Experts: Chiun-Kai Shih

By Skip Brooks |

The third interview in our Experts series is creative director/photographer Chiun-Kai Shih(Chunky) who is no stranger around these parts. Having shot the lookbook for our Fall ‘13 collection as well as campaigns for Audemars Piguet and Cole Haan, Chunky is a true inspiration for anyone looking to break into the fashion industry.

What is your current job?
CKS: There are many actually, but the one that is official and well-known is my new creative director position with SNAP Magazine, published by Hipstamatic.

When did you realize you wanted to be at your current job?
When Founder/CEO Lucas Buick asked me to join the team. I love everyone at Hipstamatic!

What steps did you take to achieve that goal?
Meeting the right people at the right moment & place, and years of experience in fashion editorial publishing.

What skills did you acquire?
You need to be an avid iPhone photographer.

Who are your mentors or role models?
Bob Richardson is my mentor & role model. That man taught me so much about photography & life!

Did you have any internships?
I interned at Julie Saul Gallery back in college at SVA before joining Conde Nast in 1998 as contributing editor & photographer. Then I became August Man Malaysia's creative editor in 2010.

What's the most rewarding aspect of your job?
That I get to meet and work with so many talented and amazing people from all different walks of life around the world. There is something new everyday, you never know who you're going to work with next - I love my job.

What camera do you use?
I use Leica S2 System & Canon 5D Mark II for commercial & AD works, and off course my iPhone.

Favorite lens?
70mm & 120 mm for the Leica S2, 70 - 210mm for the Canon, and for iPhone - I only use all Hipstamatic Lens, especially the Chunky & Americana Lens that I helped to create.

What's your favorite app on your phone?
Oggl by Hipstamatic! It's so fun - have you tried it yet?!

What advice would you give to someone who wants to do what you do?
I'd say just be who you are and don't be afraid to speak your mind. Be brave and no matter what, always keep a happy face and always have respect for everyone in the game.



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