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‘Photography has taken me out of my comfort zone, led me around the world, connected me with people, opportunities and helped unlock creativity within me that I never knew existed,’ so describes one of the youngest ever videogame art director’s new-found passion. Born in Edinburgh, educated in computer arts at Dundee’s University of Abertay (a cauldron of videogame talent), transplanted to Canada to work at Ubisoft at the age of 25, Liam Wong was always destined to produce eye-catching work of substance and originality. His videogame work took him for the first time to Tokyo, where he discovered the ethereality of floating worlds and lurid allure of its nocturnal scenes. ‘I got lost in the beauty of Tokyo at night,’ he explains.
When an opportunity to take a break from his design work presented itself, he picked up his camera and headed to Japan in 2015. Through the combination of self-taught camera work, the influence of creative masters such as Syd Mead and Hideo Kojima, his videogame designer’s eye and the development of his own software techniques, he created images that render Tokyo’s particular nightlife in a surreal form all his own.
His visions have earned him global attention from international news outlets, and legions of fans across social media, the videogame world, photographers and designers alike. TO:KY:OO captures a unique body of work by a uniquely talented artist and designer.
Hideo Kojima, Game Creator
(SNATCHER, METAL GEAR SOLID, DEATH STRANDING)
Syd Mead, Visual Futurist
(BLADE RUNNER, ALIENS, TRON)
A testament to the deep art of colour composition, this publication – art directed by Wong himself and produced to the highest printing standard – brings together a complete and refined body of images that are evocative, timeless and completely transporting. Rounding out the book’s special treatment is the first publication use of the 45/90 font, designed by Henrik Kubel, of London-based A2-TYPE.
The book also features a section that reveals the creative and technical process of Wong’s method, from identifying the right scene to composition, from capturing the essence of a moment to enhancing colour values and deepening an image’s impact – insights are invaluable to admirers and photography enthusiasts alike.