Shelly Au worked for an overseas nonprofit Organization for 22 years. He spent 17 of those years living in various parts of Asia. His experience and ability to make subjects comfortable has allowed him to capture powerful images among people who are ordinarily suspicious of being photographed.

In 2013, he received his Master of Professional Studies in Digital Photography degree at the School of Visual Arts in New York, under Photoshop Hall of Fame Katrin Eismann. He was given the Paula Rhodes Honors Award and that same year was one of three finalists for the Adobe Design Achievement Awards in the Photography Category amongst thousands of students all over the world. He’s currently a freelance photographer, mentor, and coach other photographers while working and teaching at Mikes Camera. You can see his work at