Russel’s career began when one of his photographs made it to the cover of Track & Field News magazine in the early eighties. He was then 19, majoring in business at the University of Oregon. In 1984 he enrolled at the renowned Art Center College of Design, where he honed his photography skills under the mentorship of industry legends. In his second year, he took a four-month immersion trip to Milan, Italy where he met and befriended influential fashion photographers who recognised his talent and connected him to their peers.
One thing led to another and by the late eighties Russel made a name for himself and cultivated a signature style; a style that tagged his name to big advertising accounts, and photoshoot assignments for publications like TIME, Fortune, Elle, GQ, New York Times and Los Angeles Times. Over the next few years, Russel Wong captured one winning portrait after another, all too much praise and acclaim.
“He has been called the Richard Avedon of Asia for his minimalist portraits of celebrities using simple backgrounds and no props. Yet Russel Wong’s portraits are often more forgiving than Avedon’s.”
—The New York Times
Cover Type: Cloth Bound, Hard cover
Page Count: 160
Year Published: 2005
Size: 215mm x 280mm