John Nye

John Nye owns Marsala, a company specializing in architectural, industrial and corporate photography.
Marsala also produces short documentary films and has a stock photo library that contains more than 50,000 images.

John began his professional career teaching visual arts subjects at Melbourne secondary schools. He graduated from RMIT University in Art - Fine Art then from Toorak Teachers College before moving to Hong Kong in 1970. His career has spanned publishing, advertising, graphic design, web design and photography through to documentary film making.

Being briefed on photographic requirements for the Passenger Terminal at Hong Kong International Airport early 1997 by Norman Foster. Photo: Armstrong Yakubu

On arriving in Hong Kong John joined the Advertising and Publicity Bureau as graphic design consultant and was appointed Studio Manager / Art Director at Pacific Mail-Order System a year later. At PMOS he designed catalogues, magazines and branding solutions, and undertook high-end large format studio photography of jewelry, watches, hi-fi equipment and ready-to-wear fashion.
From 1971 through 1973 he was also art director for the arts magazine Events International that was circulated in-flight on TWA and Northwest Orient Airlines, Grunt magazine published for US military personnel in Vietnam and Marco Polo gift catalogue for Cathay Pacific Airways.

In the mid 70s John was appointed Creative Director at Fortune Advertising in Singapore. Fortune was owned by United Overseas Bank and John serviced many of Singapore's premier advertising accounts, responsible for creative concepts and copywriting in television, radio and print for circulation in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. John moved back to Hong Kong as Senior Graphic Designer at Graphic Communication to assist with designing the graphics for the exhibition organized by Hong Kong Trade Development Council to commemorate Queen Elizabeth's first visit to Hong Kong. Establishing his own studio in the early 1980s, photographing annual reports and corporate brochures for most of Hong Kong's leading corporations, and fashion accessories for Cartier, Gucci, Hermes, Dunhill, S.T. Dupont and Joyce Boutique. John was also engaged in extensive airline photography for Cathay Pacific and Thai International for more than 25 years, and hotel photography for Hongkong and Shanghai Hotel Group, Mandarin Oriental, Omni International, Renaissance, Marriott, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn International. He was design consultant to Stanley's group of restaurants for 30 years.

Connaught Centre, now renamed Jardine House, was John's first major architectural photography project. His first major industrial project was recording building of the oil exploration drill-ship Energy Searcher, commissioned by Hong Kong United Dockyards (2 years). In 1983 he was commissioned to photograph Hongkong Bank construction progress by Foster and Partners (3 years). This was followed by Bank of China Tower, commissioned by Pei Cobb Freed and Partners (3 years), then Pacific Place by Swire Properties (5 years). After a short break he was commissioned to photograph the building of Tsing Ma Bridge by Hong Kong Government (2 years), then the new Passenger Terminal Building and HACTL Super Terminal One by Foster and Partners, and Cathay City by Cathay Pacific Airways (3 years). He took a short sabbatical from 2000 through 2003 as front-end design engineer at TCR Internet Services in Sydney. Returning to Hong Kong to photograph construction of Stonecutters Bridge (2 years), and was commissioned to photograph redevelopment of the former British military explosives magazine as it was transformed into The Asia Society Hong Kong Center. A Heritage listed site featuring heritage conservation and adaptive re-use (8 + years).

Special projects have included photographing a day in the life of Sir Y. K. Pao for Esquire magazine and an architectural portrait of Bank of China Tower to illustrate a profile of I. M. Pei in Vanity Fair. The Bank of China photographs were taken on the day of the Hong Kong moratorium to commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre. Midway through photo shooting a banner containing large Chinese characters and extending over 5 floors was draped from the top of the building. The characters read "Blood will be paid for with blood." This photograph was first used to illustrate an article in the New York Times by Mr. Pei, critical of the Chinese Government's handling of the affair. It was then published in the Vanity Fair feature and also appears in the biography of I. M. Pei by Carter Wiseman. Other projects include photographing the first commercial air catering facilities in China at Beijing and Shanghai in 1980, the pre-opening preparation and Grand Opening of McDonald's first restaurant in China at Beijing, and recording construction of Wadaslintang hydro-electric dam in Central Java. John was also commissioned by the German buying agency Michael & Simon to photograph manufacturing facilities across Japan that included the NEC plant in Tokyo and Cosina optical works at Nagano. He photographed electronics factories in Taipei and Kaohsiung for Astec Electronics and BSR McDonald. Recently photographing the al Shaqab equestrian park at Education City in Doha, Ukhaa Khudag coal mine in the Gobi Desert, Salkhit wind farm in northern Mongolia, Guangzhou - Shenzhen - Hong Kong Express Rail Link tunnel, MTRC South Island Line construction, Hong Kong Cruise Terminal and theme parks Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park.

John lectured in Fine Art at evening schools organized by the Victorian Government Adult Education Program while teaching in Melbourne, and lectured in Fine Art - Painting at University of Hong Kong Extramural Department Town Centre evening classes for 2 years when he arrived in Hong Kong. While studying at RMIT he was invited by Sweeney Reed to exhibit a selection of abstract colour etchings in the Young Ausralian Artists exhibition, celebrating the opening of Strines Gallery in Melbourne. He was a founding member of The Hong Kong Designers Association, and for many years a member of ASMP New York. He conducted seminars in China and Hong Kong demonstrating large format photography and lighting techniques on behalf of Swiss camera and lighting manufacturers Sinar and Broncolor, and was one of nine internationally acclaimed award winning professional photographers invited by Sinar to assist in launching the P2 range of 10 x 8" and 5 x 4" large format cameras. John was commissioned by the Portuguese Government to photograph all buildings of historical and cultural significance, and all new infrastructural projects in Macau prior to its handover to China.