Robin Yong is a multi-award winning Travel and Commercial Photographer, trained by acclaimed American photographer Jim Zuckerman, the world famous Venetian Masks Florine Houee and Danielle Massart, and legendary Hollywood photographer Greg Gorman. He enjoys traveling to exotic destinations to befriend and photograph the locals. Yong is best known for his fairy tale-esque worldview work on the Omo Valley tribes in Ethiopia, the Venetian Masked models in Venice, the Bokator boxers of Cambodia and the Maikos of Kyoto.
Robin Yong, please introduce yourself
I call my works my Travel Portraits, my Art of Travel Medicine. For most of my works, I do not use flash, reflectors or artificial lighting, depending solely on natural lighting alone. The photos are often intense, dramatic and colourful. For me, every photo must look like a movie poster...These highly conceptual and thought provoking Travel Portraits especially, are designed to arouse an audience both visually and emotionally. My orientation towards photography has always been passion before commercial considerations and so my photos have always been a little different from that of many other photographers. Photographic work wise, I do some private sessions and assist in some photo workshops. These sessions are all highly sought after, and previous participants included doctors, professors and even US senators. As always, I enjoy doing photo collaborations with budding models and artistes.
Where do you live, does your place of residence inspire you to take pictures?
Do you have a photographic background?
How comes that you are interested in photography?
I suppose it comes from my love of traveling to exotic destinations and using photography as a means to create beautiful keepsakes for me and my newfound friends whom I photograph.
Which photographer has inspired your photography?
I do mainly People and Travel stuff, so my favourite photographers are Greg Gorman, Bruce Weber and Steve McCurry and Jim Zuckerman.
Why do you work in black and white / color?
What are your technique and creative process?
Which projects would you like to tackle?
I'd probably like to do some studio work sometime and I have already contacted a few photographers overseas for collaborations when I next visit their counries, so this will be something very new and very special. I hope it will work out well.
What do you do in your life besides photography?
Thanks a lot Robin Yong for the Interview