"WA" :
TANGE through the eyes of Russel Wong
~ A Photography Exhibition by Celebrity Photographer Russel Wong ~

2 - 21 August 2019

Japan Creative Centre (JCC)

Japan Creative Centre (JCC), Embassy of Japan in Singapore is pleased to present "WA" : TANGE through the eyes of Russel Wong, a photography exhibition by celebrity photographer Russel Wong from 2 to 21 August 2019 at JCC. This exhibition will showcase 22 of Russel's photographs featuring 5 iconoclastic buildings synonymous with the extraordinary accomplishments of father-and-son architects Kenzo Tange (1913 - 2005) and Paul Noritaka Tange (b.1958) in the spirit of "WA" – the Japanese concept of harmony and its related principles of restraint and subtlety.

About the Exhibition

"WA" marks a turning point for celebrity photographer Russel Wong in both his practice and his long-standing friendship with architect luminary, Paul Noritaka Tange. A ‘work-in-progress’ that has spanned almost a decade, "WA" is traced to Tange’s vision of re-interpreting iconic Tange buildings through the lens of a portrait photographer acclaimed for capturing Asia’s defining public personalities.

In the spirit of "WA", Russel frequently adopts perspectives that are evocative and suggestive. Many of his images also allude to the Modernist aesthetics and principles that governed the design intent of these buildings. The Japanese concept of ma – the interlude space or pause – is also significant in appreciating Russel's aesthetic approach. The interval space or negative space, seen in some images as the sky – is deployed as an essential component in his compositions.

About Russel Wong

Russel Wong is one of the most profiled photographers in Singapore and Asia. Described as a ‘celebrity photographer who also photographs celebrities’, Russel enjoys the acclaim of being the first Singaporean to break into the notoriously difficult Hollywood movie industry. He is also one of an elite group of photographers assigned to photograph covers for Time magazine.

Popularly noted for his photographs of celebrities – from movie stars, to rock musicians, sports personalities, politicians and fashion gurus - Russel has nevertheless developed a strong portfolio of lesser known but no less compelling subjects. Still-life compositions, nudes, landscapes, and conceptual pieces are as much a part of his practice as are his celebrity portraits.

For more details, please see https://www.russelwongphoto.com

Details of the Exhibition


2 – 21 August 2019


10am – 6pm
(Closed on Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays: 9, 12 and 13 August)


Japan Creative Centre (JCC), Embassy of Japan in Singapore
4 Nassim Road Singapore 258372



In Conversation with Russel Wong & Paul Noritaka Tange

~ In Conversation with Russel Wong & Paul Noritaka Tange ~

Join us for an exclusive dialogue session by Russel Wong at JCC where he will be sharing his inspiration, interesting stories and behind-the-scenes of the exhibition with Architect Paul Noritaka Tange who will be appearing as a special guest to share more about their collaboration. Slots are limited, so hurry and sign up now!


Saturday, 3 August 2019


2pm - 3:30pm (Registration starts 1:30pm)


Japan Creative Centre (JCC)


FREE with RSVP required

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4 Nassim Road Singapore 258372
Tel: +65-6737-0434

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Japan Creative Centre

4 Nassim Road, Singapore 258372
+65 6737 0434 / jcc@sn.mofa.go.jp
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