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In this video, take a glimpse into Russel Wong’s 13 year-long photographic journey in Kyoto. It took him 5 years just to gain access to the outsider-wary geiko communities there.
Inspired by Edo-period woodblock prints by ukiyo-e artists like Kitagawa Utamaro, Katsushika Hokusai, and Utagawa Hiroshige to create this body of work, Russel was particularly drawn to the compositions, how the elements of the image work together, and by the silhouettes and portraits of the women depicted in the prints. The resulting photographs are infused with a sense of nostalgia and deep feeling for the culture.
Film courtesy of Russel Wong and Alan Algee.
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