Photographer Liam Wong, who is known for his cinematic photos of Tokyo at night, is back with a new collection of urban images for his book Night fallen. A sort of sequel to his popular monograph To: KY: OO, Nightfall sees Wong casting a wider net as he explores other urban centers at night. This collection of photographs plunges into the nocturnal atmosphere of other Asian cities like Osaka, Seoul and Hong Kong, but also touches on Europe with visits to London, Paris and Rome. Wong’s hometown of Edinburgh is also featured in this new publication, which is currently ending a successful crowdfunding effort.
Wong, whose background is in video game design, found the publication of his first book a cathartic release. When finished, he turned more to film and cinematography, which changed his approach to photography. “With Night fallen, this has been my way of exploring cinematography, using the cities as a backdrop, âWong told My Modern Met. âEach image is delivered in a cinematic aspect ratio that not only changes the way the work is presented, but also limits what can fit in a given frame. “
To help select the photographs that were part of the post, Wong turned to his supporters. Using their comments, he was able to see what they responded to, while also highlighting a variety of different cities. âThe book features several cities and so they are presented in a way that will hopefully surprise the viewer,â Wong shares. âWhile some cities may present more than others, the goal itself is to highlight similarities or differences and connecting themes as you turn the page. “
From lone taxi drivers in Seoul to photos of Piccadilly Circus at 4 a.m. in complete silence, the photographs capture the other side of bustling cities. As Wong spends the night searching for images, he reveals the different nightlife of these urban centers. By exploring the loneliness of the urban world, Wong breaks down a barrier and invites us to see these alternative spaces.
If you want to take a trip to urban darkness, you have until October 9, 2021 to Pre-order Night fallen. Readers can choose from a variety of perks, including signed copies of the book and a special collector’s edition with imprint.
Wondering how Wong went from video game designer to photographer? Listen to our inspiring and in-depth interview with him on the My Modern Met Top Artist podcast.
Liam Wong’s new collection of nocturnal photographs explores the urban centers of Asia and Europe.
His work takes on an even more cinematic allure as his focus has shifted to filmmaking.
Night fallen is his new book, which showcases his best work in a stunning layout.
Night fallen will be released in summer 2022 and is currently available for Pre-order.