All posts tagged: tokyo photographer irwin wong

Japanese Crafts: Gold Leaf/Kinpaku

I have been touring Japan photographing craftspeople and artisans for my upcoming book to be published by Gestalten this year (out next month, preorder here!!). In total I managed to photograph some 70 artisans, all of them wonderful, however due to space constraints in the book not all of them were able to make it into the final cut. I plan to introduce some of the ones that we unfortunately couldn’t include here, so I hope you’re in the mood to learn about some crafts! The incandescent beauty of many Japanese national treasures and temples are due to the application of gold leaf. Kanazawa produces 99% of it.  The kanji for Kanazawa translates literally to ‘Gold Marsh’, an extremely accurate designation for a city that produces 99% of all domestic gold leaf. It is a staple craft industry in the country, with many other crafts being reliant on it to exist. Kimono, architecture, sculptor, lacquerware amongst some use kinpaku – Japanese hammered gold leaf – on a daily basis. One of the most recognizable Kyoto …

The social media network thingy

So much social media, so little time. There are far too many ways to ‘reach out’ to your audience these days, that it’s difficult to choose between them all.  Either way, I’ve decided to adopt myself a Tumblr blog, as kind of an informal place to stick the photos that don’t really have a home on the professional side of the websites. As I only use this blog to showcase the work I do professionally, this ‘photo-diary’ style site has been a long time in coming. Here I’ll be posting any photo that particularly tickles my fancy or otherwise shows what I’ve been up to outside of work. Also in keeping with the whole RB thing (which I think stands for ReBlogging – I only just found this out), I’ll be putting videos from other creatives that I personally like up on the site. There are still a few issues with the theme (ie; it doesn’t work properly yet) and I’m planning to add a bit more functionality to it as time goes, such as …