Liam Wong: After Dark

Liam Wong: After Dark

Publisher: Thames & Hudson
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No. of pages:192 pages
Size:23x227x320 mm
Weight:1410 g
Illustrations: 141 Abb.
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An intimate, one-of-a-kind photographic journey that documents Liam Wongs nocturnal wanderings through the worlds most captivating cities.

In this singular photographic publication, Liam Wong weaves together a series of cinematic images that reveal the people and places, the slivers of life, that inhabit the mysterious space of night-time cities. Through his previous work as a videogame designer, Wong learned that real life is just as potent, bizarre and interesting as things we can imagine. From Hong Kong and Seoul to London and Edinburgh, After Dark reveals shadowy cityscapes through the eyes of the insomniac artist.

For centuries, artists have found both solace and fruitfulness in solitude. Through sleepless and solitary nights, After Dark explores the phenomenon of loneliness in city life, capturing urban interstices between dusk and dawn: the eerie emptiness of Londons Piccadilly Circus at 4:00 a.m., Seouls late-night taxi drivers moving along hushed roads and birds sharing the warmth of a neon sign in Hong Kongs TSM District mysterious silhouettes representing lives lived in shadow, portrayed as intricate cinematic visions, all before the sun rises.

Building on the success of his first monograph, TO:KY:OO, Wong widens his lens to capture the night in the worlds most exciting cities. From workers leaving their night shifts to empty streets illuminated by neon signs, Wong charts the hours of darkness as populated scenes become deserted ones. The books photography framed to specific film ratios is imbued with a cinematic intensity underscored by Wongs interest in film, while its themes are amplified through specially commissioned Chinese characters that pay homage to the works of celebrated Chinese director Wong Kar Wai.
Table of Contents:
1. Society
2. Alone Together
3. Solitude
4. Emptiness