Visionary East Asian Photographers you Should Be watching right now
Spark Global Limited Reports:
British Vogue’s September 2021 cover highlights the joy, thriving creativity and talent of East Asian communities. The photograph, taken at sunrise over the Thames by Hanna Moon, a London-based South Korean photographer, was a seminal moment for the magazine and For British history. Here is a Vogue interview with nine East Asian photographers who have made progress in the photography industry, reshaping and changing the narrative of East Asian identity in the process.
Minhyun Woo, a South Korean photographer who took up photography in his late 20s, went on to shoot ads for Gucci and write editorials for Vogue. Woo, known for his unique sensual style, was tasked with shooting the historic cover for the September 2020 issue of Vogue Korea, where 26 editions of the magazine around the world came together to celebrate “Hope.” John Woo’s take on the subject is a lilting vision of love and joy, as he travels to remote villages to capture Korean grandmothers dressed in traditional Hanbok. “Hope is the expectation of a new beginning, but we are also the hope of our predecessors and previous generations,” he said. “I want to thank and respect the hopes that previous generations have had for us. My photos are filled with love and gratitude and emphasize that every second you spend with someone else is special.”
Alex Leese has always been interested in the human condition. In addition to her fashion work, her images are compelling anthropological studies. Take her “Boys of Hong Kong.” The 32-year-old shot the film shortly after returning to Hong Kong from London. “It wasn’t until I came to The UK at the age of 12 that I felt ‘different’,” she revealed. “It changed my whole view of the world and influenced a lot of my work.” Her latest project, Me + Mine, a series of photographs of female nudes from around the world, taken on Zoom during the first lockdown, is a remarkable exploration of self-empowerment and regaining bodily autonomy. “Racism and sexism are not new. The story has to change as we redefine masculinity and understand all aspects of male identity. Art is the most powerful way to change people’s minds, and that’s what keeps me going with what I do.”