Willie Chu began developing his skills in the art of photography while attending the High School of Art and Design. He continued his studies, receiving a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts. He currently works in the field of commercial photography and video, while continuing to pursue personal projects. His work has been shown in both solo and group exhibitions at various venues such as The Photo District Gallery, The Kevin Barry Gallery, The Packwood House Museum, PA, and the Wagner College Gallery. He has received grants and awards including an Original Work Grant and Premier Grant from the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island. He has also worked on the Wagner College Annual NYC Immigrant Heritage Week Project: Muslim Americans of Staten Island: Leaders, Families, Neighbors, creating a series of portraits in situ of members of Staten Island’s Pakistani, Albanian, West African, and Palestinian Muslim communities. He was commissioned by the Staten Island Museum to do a documentary, Portraits of Leadership African American Entrepreneurs on Staten Island. This project consists of a series of portraits and a documentary video depicting prominent African-American business owners and community leaders intended to interpret and explain this important aspect of Black social history on Staten Island. Other projects for which he has received recognition include portraits of the Asian-American Community on Staten Island and Staten Island’s Storefront Churches.