Liam Wong gets to the art of the matter with his Tokyo photo fantasies
Liam Wong – who hails from the Capital but studied in Dundee – has had a glittering career since graduating in 2010, becoming the youngest director ever at videogames giant Ubisoft, and getting listed as one of Forbes magazine’s influential 30 under 30.
His photobook TO:KY:OO became the most crowdfunded book in the UK, raising £140,000 – more than four times its original target.
It presents the city of Tokyo in a way it has rarely been seen, charting a stunning, neon-soaked journey through its nightlife.
Liam said: “I wanted to take real moments and transform them into something surreal, to make the viewer question the reality depicted in each photograph.
“This body of work encompasses my three years as a photographer and ultimately the completion of my photo series.”
TO:KY:OO also features a foreword by Hideo Kojima, the legendary videogame developer behind titles such as Metal Gear Solid 5 and Death Stranding, and a cover quote from Syd Mead, a Hollywood visual futurist best known for his designs in sci-fi movies such as Blade Runner, Aliens and Tron.
Liam now splits his time between the UK and Asia and maintains strong links with Abertay.
He said: “If I hadn’t gone to Abertay I’m unlikely to be doing any of what I do now. It’s been instrumental. I didn’t know what I wanted to do after I left high school, and the university set me on the path that I’ve followed. I always enjoy returning to Abertay and Dundee to see what’s new.”
After receiving critical acclaim for his photography, he is planning to branch into a new industry.
Liam added: “I’m aiming to venture into film. It’s not something I’ve done before, but it is something that really interests me. I’ll continue on with my art and photography projects though, and I’m working on a game with friends that I hope to publish in the future.”
Liam, now a freelance art designer and photographer, has recently been working on a series of high profile projects including Cyberpunk 2077, which is projected to be one of 2020’s biggest videogames.
For more information about Liam, visit www.liamwong.com