Liam Wong: After Dark

No matter how different or far apart, cities at night share particular features: neon lights and lonely figures, quiet train stations and taxi drivers, empty buildings and streets. Quietness falls, the urban pulse slows, rain gathers in silvery pools undisturbed by traffic. In After Dark, Liam Wong encounters the people and places, the slivers of life, that move differently in this time, weaving these fine dark threads into an insomniac’s journey of night.
Following his début monograph, TO:KY:OO, which captured Tokyo’s beauty at night, Wong widens his lens from the city that became his spiritual and photographic muse to Osaka and Kyoto, London and Seoul, Paris and Rome. But he goes still further, seeking the rich tapestries of nightlife in the foggy historical streets of his hometown Edinburgh, penetrating the backstreets of the megacity Chongqing, and seizing the verticality of Hong Kong from its rooftops.

Through his previous work as a videogame designer, Wong learned that ‘real life is just as potent, bizarre and interesting as things we can imagine.’ Through sleepless and solitary nights, After Dark explores the phenomenon of loneliness in city life, capturing urban interstices between dusk and dawn: the eerie emptiness of London’s Piccadilly Circus at 4:00 am, Seoul’s late-night taxi drivers moving along hushed roads, two birds sharing the warmth of neon sign in Hong Kong’s TSM District, a salaryman waiting on an empty subway platform in Tokyo’s Akihabara district in front of the world‘s largest electronic store – mysterious silhouettes representing lives lived in shadow, portrayed as intricate cinematic visions, all before the sun rises.
After Dark is a singular photographic publication, an intimate, one-of-a-kind experience that documents Wong’s nocturnal journeys through the world’s most captivating cities.
From the dimensions of the photographs, which are framed to film ratios – 2.39:1, 1.85:1, 16:9 and 4:3 – to the panoramic format and the specially commissioned Chinese characters, from the Swiss binding to a special production process that captures neon lights and shadows within shadows – the book is a desirable and collectible object in its own right.

About the Author

Born and raised in Scotland – within two years of graduating, Wong moved to Canada – becoming the youngest director at Ubisoft, the video game company behind Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed. In parallel with his blossoming career in video games, Wong was teaching himself photography.

A portrait of Liam Wong

In December 2015 he purchased his first DSLR (a Canon 5D III) and his debut photo series: ‘Tokyo Nights (TO:KY:OO)’ – capturing the beauty of night through moments after midnight – inspired by sci-fi, neon-noir, cyberpunk and Japanese animation – gained over a million views worldwide, accumulating a following online and kickstarting his journey into photography. Wong has since collaborated with many high profile companies, artists, musicians and directors. His work has been recognized by media outlets such as BBC, Forbes, Business Insider, Saatchi and Adobe. Full press list available here.
In 2019 ‘TO:KY:OO’ became the largest crowdfunded book in the UK and has remained a best-selling book since launch. It is available for purchase at: ‘TO:KY:OO’. Includes words by game creator Hideo Kojima and visual futurist Syd Mead.

In 2021, his second book ‘AFTER DARK’ raised $280k in pledges, surpassing the funding outcome of his first book. ‘AFTER DARK’ releases October 2022 and is available for pre-order.
Wong is now freelance and working on unannounced projects across film, video games and photography. Available for collaborations.
A regular public speaker – Wong has spoken at events around the world and is always open for opportunities to share his expertise. Past public speaking events include the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Game Developers Conference and Canon.

Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Thames & Hudson (December 6, 2022)
Language: English
Size: 12.7 x 0.9 x 9 inches
Weight: 3.1 pounds
ISBN-10: 050002555X
ISBN-13: 978-0500025550

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