Further Conversations with Russel Wong
Artist and Curator Talk
Join ACM Senior Curator Clement Onn in discussion with Russel Wong as they explain how the Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto exhibition project came about. Russel will also talk about his personal experiences in Kyoto with the geikos and maikos. He will share the numerous hurdles encountered and how he overcame them, allowing him to enter their secret world. With respect to the technical aspect of photography, he will also share exactly how he approached it, revealing the specific equipment he used and how he achieved the look he wanted.
About the Speaker
Russel Wong (born 1961) is an internationally renowned, Singaporean, fashion and portrait photographer with 25 years of experience working with Oscar-winning directors and Hollywood celebrities, including Richard Gere, Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, and Isabella Rossellini. Russel is one of an elite group assigned to photograph covers for Time magazine. In addition to his portrait photography, his body of work includes still-life compositions, architecture, landscapes, and more.
About the Discussant
Clement Onn, Principal Curator of Asian Export Art & Peranakan at the Asian Civilisations Museum, has curated several exhibitions at ACM, including Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour (2016) and the current Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto. His research focuses on artistic and cross-cultural exchanges across trading networks and Asian port cities.
Image: Portrait of Ken Watanabe by Russel Wong.
This webinar is organised in conjunction with the special exhibition Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto