Liam Wong
TO:KY:OO

A photographic, cyberpunk-inspired exploration of nocturnal Tokyo

  • Funding ended
  • 2634 backers
  • $168,711.78 of $35,973.00 pledged
Funded 468%
  • Funding ended
  • 2634 backers
  • $168,711.78 of $35,973.00 pledged
Funded 468%

Overview

‘Photography has taken me out of my comfort zone, led me around the world, connected me with people, opportunities and helped unlock creativity within me that I never knew existed,’ so describes one of the youngest ever videogame art director’s new-found passion. Born in Edinburgh, educated in computer arts at Dundee’s University of Abertay (a cauldron of videogame talent), transplanted to Canada to work at Ubisoft at the age of 25, Liam Wong was always destined to produce eye-catching work of substance and originality. His videogame work took him for the first time to Tokyo, where he discovered the ethereality of floating worlds and lurid allure of its nocturnal scenes. ‘I got lost in the beauty of Tokyo at night,’ he explains.

When an opportunity to take a break from his design work presented itself, he picked up his camera and headed to Japan in 2015. Through the combination of self-taught camera work, the influence of creative masters such as Syd Mead and Hideo Kojima, his videogame designer’s eye and the development of his own software techniques, he created images that render Tokyo’s particular nightlife in a surreal form all his own.

His visions have earned him global attention from international news outlets, and legions of fans across social media, the videogame world, photographers and designers alike. TO:KY:OO captures a unique body of work by a uniquely talented artist and designer.

Genre

Photography

Designer

Darren Wall

Specification

280 x 220 mm (upright)
256 pages
Two panoramic gatefolds
Printing in 7 colours

Rewards

Book

A copy of TO:KY:OO

  • Your name in the book
  • Exclusive updates

Book Signed

A copy of TO:KY:OO, signed by Liam Wong

  • Your name in the book
  • Exclusive updates
  • Personally inscribed by the author
  • Custom-designed tote bag

Book + signed poster

A copy of TO:KY:OO and a 60 x 40 cm print of Memories in Green, both signed by Liam Wong

  • Your name in the book
  • Exclusive updates
  • Personally inscribed by the author
  • Large-scale gallery-quality print
  • Custom-designed tote bag

Special Edition

A deluxe edition of TO:KY:OO, signed by Liam Wong

  • Your name in the book
  • Exclusive updates
  • Personally inscribed by the author
  • Custom-designed tote bag
  • Exclusive neon slipcase

Online workshop

A signed copy of TO:KY:OO, and a private online workshop with Liam Wong

  • Your name in the book
  • Exclusive updates
  • Custom-designed tote bag
  • One-on-one interaction with the author
  • Develop your own photography work and exchange tips

Book Early Bird

A copy of TO:KY:OO

  • Discounted price
  • Your name in the book
  • Exclusive updates

The works

A signed deluxe edition of TO:KY:OO, signed 60 x 40 cm print of Memories in Green, and a private online workshop with Liam Wong

  • All previous rewards

All pledges will be refunded in full if the funding goal is not met within the allotted time.

The Book

‘I want to take real moments and transform them into something surreal, to make the viewer question the reality depicted in each photograph. This body of work encompasses my three years as a photographer and ultimately the completion of my debut photo series,’ writes Wong.

A testament to the deep art of colour composition, this publication – art directed by Wong himself and produced to the highest printing standard – brings together a complete and refined body of images that are evocative, timeless and completely transporting. Rounding out the book’s special treatment is the first publication use of the 45/90 font, designed by Henrik Kubel, of London-based A2-TYPE.

The book also features a section that reveals the creative and technical process of Wong’s method, from identifying the right scene to composition, from capturing the essence of a moment to enhancing colour values and deepening an image’s impact – insights are invaluable to admirers and photography enthusiasts alike.

Wong’s grasp of story illustrated as a ‘place to be’ is remarkable. I applaud the balance of brilliant colour, precise placement of picture elements, and the overall exhibition of expert technique.

Syd Mead, Visual Futurist (Blade Runner, Aliens, Tron)

Special Edition

Volume will produce a deluxe special edition of TO:KY:OO, with an exclusive cover design featuring the phrase ‘the beauty of night’ in Japanese type embossed on real cloth, and housed within a fluorescent plastic slipcase that evokes the neon lightscapes of Tokyo’s nighttime scenes.

This edition is only available during the limited funding period: true fans of Wong’s visions will not want to miss out on this exceptional and covetable production.

Liam’s ‘photos’ are not just photos. In his ‘photos’, you can feel what cannot be normally seen, layered structures of evolutions and decadence of the cities, the atmosphere of the people who had lived and died there. A single ‘photo’ holds a balanced harmony of beauty and the disordered.

Hideo Kojima, Game Creator (Death Stranding, Metal Gear Solid, Snatcher)

Choose your rewards

To fully enter the world of Wong’s photography, Volume supporters have a variety of ways to participate. The first is with a limited-edition poster, signed by Wong, that will animate any setting or space.

Perhaps the most exceptional offering connected with backers of the book is an opportunity to connect with Liam Wong directly, through a private 30-minute one-on-one online session, to review your own work, to learn insights on techniques and composition, or simply to share experiences of Tokyo with Wong himself. For photography enthusiasts seeking feedback, or for visually minded creatives of any persuasion, an encounter with Wong will surely change the way you see the world. Limited to five backers.

And for those seeking the complete TO:KY:OO package, Volume offers the Works: a signed collector’s edition, signed poster and a one-on-one online session with the master himself.

With an aesthetic inspired by science fiction classic Blade Runner and directors such as Gaspar Noe and Wong Kar-wai, a move into film surely can’t be far away.

BBC

Meet the author

Liam Wong is an award-winning art director, currently based in Japan. Graphic Designer, Game Developer and Photographer, he is best known for defining, designing and directing visual identities and was listed as one of Forbes magazine’s influential 30 under 30.

Shipping schedule confirmed!

49 comments

We have been working hard alongside Liam in the past weeks, in the final stages of the creation of TO:KY:OO. After many hours selecting pictures, poring over neon slipcase material samples, selecting fabrics to cover the special edition, refining colour proofs and honing texts, all energized by the overwhelming  support for the project, the book is now working its way through the printers. Thank you for your continued patience while we attend to these final detail and refinements. We can now confirm our print-run completion date of 11 October. Copies will be shipped to the UK to arrive on or around 20 November, when they will be immediately processed and sent out.

We can’t wait to hear what you think about your copy of TO:KY:OO, not least because it contains an as-yet-unrevealed behind-the-scenes instructional section, printed on signatures of uncoated paper stock at the back of the book. On these pages Liam shares valuable insight into the methods and inspiration sources underpinning a selection of his most striking photographs, including a hand-annotated work-in-progress contact sheet and step-by-step ‘making-of’ pages on the processes behind his images, alongside notes on developing style, colour, composition and mood.

In addition, the book is printed in a staggering seven colours, which, we can now reveal, include three neon Pantones in Liam’s signature colours, purple, blue and pink.

If you have any questions about TO:KY:OO, please feel free to chat with us here in the comments section, or you can reach us directly at hello@vol.co.

The Volume team

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49 Replies to “Shipping schedule confirmed!”

  1. farid.asyabani

    Hi!

    I’ve still haven’t recieved my copy of this book, I’ve forgotten that I had pledged until I started playing Cyberpunk actually. 🙂

    Let me know how to get in contact with you and what info you need. Thanks!

    1. Darren Wall Editor

      Hi! Sorry to hear that – let’s get this sorted out for you. Can you drop me a line at dw@vol.co with your pledge number please?

  2. keny

    Hi, can someone please verify me that you guys are still shipping out this product in the US? Mine still and currently says shipping and I haven’t seen any emails or notifications for confirmation of shipping nor a tracking number. I have also been checking my spam, but still nothing.

    Thank you,
    Kenya.

    1. Darren Wall Editor

      Hi Kenya, I’m sorry to hear you don’t have your book yet. Can you email me at dw@vol.co with your pledge number and I’ll advise on this?

  3. courtney.falk

    There was a shipping mistake and four packages all arrived at my address. If you are Steven B., Jared K., or Daniel V. S. of Indiana, USA, then I’m going to take the other three packages back to the post office to have them deliver them. Liam, if you email me I can give you the shipping details and more information.

    1. Darren Wall Editor

      Hi Courtney, I’m very sorry to hear about that! Can you email me at dw@vol.co and I’ll advise on this?

  4. Oceano_Star

    Hi Liam,
    I wasn’t able to reply off my comment from my phone so I had to post my reply from the leave comment text bar so that’s why this post isn’t a replied off my old post. Anyway, I still haven’t received my book in the US yet. I sent out an email to the email address that Darren Wall has been posting in the comments section and he never got back to me after I sent out an email with my pledge number. He did email me once to get my info for my pledge number but I never heard back from him. I sent out another email today. Of course, with the time difference it might of been the end of the day for him. So I assume I probably won’t know until Monday. On my account it does it’s in the shipping process which is better then last week which said it was in production.

    1. Darren Wall Editor

      Hi Paige, I’m replying to you right now. I’ve been chasing this up at the warehouse so have been waiting for their response. I’ll ensure your edition gets to you safely and soon.

    2. Oceano_Star

      I’m getting a little frustrated. I sent emails to dw@vol.co. I got responded emails back saying books can’t be track and are shipped but then yesterday. Also books can’t be tracked through the volume website. Then I got a reply yesterday saying only special edition and signed books can be tracked. I sent out email replies with my order pledge # 4 times with what I purchased when asked my order pledge number no response until I had to compose a new email
      with the same question that was my order number and the signed copy that came with a tote bag. So my order should be able to get tracked right if signed copies and special editions can get tracked? I sent a reply to the email yesterday with my order info and I got no response again when I applied back to Darren’s email.

    3. Oceano_Star

      Hi Darren,
      Whoops forgot to add my name is Paige. I sent my email this morning US time at 9:44am to this email address that you have been posting in the comments dw@vol.co the email was just continuation off my original email as follow up after I sent my pledge info. I can resend you an email if you didn’t recieve it. You reply the first time asking for my pledge info and I never heard back after that.

    4. Darren Wall Editor

      Hi there! I’ve been keeping up with the emails but I’m afraid I don’t see any more from yourself? Sorry if I missed it! Did you send to dw@vol.co?

  5. Michail Dim. Drakomathioulakis

    Hello!

    Earlier today I received my copy, and, oh, boy, it looks GREAT!!!

    Thank you very much, one of the best photo books I have!

    1. Liam Wong Creator

      Michail – thank you! I’m glad it was well received and thank you for supporting it!

  6. Delira ex Machina

    Hi! Will there be any links to tracking the package? Should there be any email with confirmation of shipping?

    1. Darren Wall Editor

      Please drop me a line at hello@vol.co with your pledge number and I’ll take a look for you.

  7. noealz

    Just checking the updates – can’t wait!

    1. Liam Wong Creator

      Saw it arrived finally, thanks for supporting it bud!

  8. tina.fratnik

    Hi, any ideas when can I expect the book to arrive to Slovenia? Waiting waiting…

    1. Liam Wong Creator

      All orders have been shipped – and are still arriving. I’m sure it’s on it’s way to you! Thank you.

  9. Paige Linback

    I was wondering when books that were back led by people in the US will be shipped out? I haven’t seen anything email notifications that my book was shipped. I saw the update post that people in the UK that there books were being shipped out and arriving.

    1. Liam Wong Creator

      Hey Paige, did your book arrive yet? I saw people are still receiving them with many in the US now.

  10. alexis.guariguata

    Dear Darren and team,

    I have just read, that there was a shipping confirmation received and that it was in the post this morning.

    I haven’t received anything thus far. Is there a reason for that, by any chance? Is it sent out in batches?

    Thanks for the help and time.

    1. alexis.guariguata

      Hello again Darren,

      thanks for the reply.
      I had ordered a special edition of the book, and according to the page it should be sent out with a tracking number. Might there be a delay in the email regarding the tracking number?

      Cheers,
      Alexis

    2. Darren Wall Editor

      Hi Alexis, everything has been sent out, but they’ll take a little time to arrive. Can you drop me a line at dw@vol.co if there’s nothing with you by the 9 December?

  11. julien_pirou

    I pledged for the book + signed poster. I received a shipping notification a few days ago. That package arrived this morning : it was the poster, without the book. I didn’t receive another shipping notification for the book itself. Can anyone confirm the book is on its way as a separate shipment? When I check my order on the site it still says “in production” so it’s a bit confusing ^^’
    In any case, it looks amazing, so I can’t wait to receive my copy 😀

    1. julien_pirou

      Thank you very much for the clarification 🙂

    2. Darren Wall Editor

      Hi Julien. We are shipping prints and books separately as it’s safer than combining them into one large package. The books have all been shipped, so the second part of your pledge should be with you soon.

  12. Liam Wong Creator

    I hope you all enjoy the book! If you take any cool pictures or want to share it, you can use “TO:KY:OO” and #TOKYOO or tag me – I’d love to see. Thanks for supporting it!

  13. maciej.slomczynski

    Hi guys, I live in Hong Kong and I’m just wondering is it possible to receive my Deluxe edition before X-Mas ? Or it will take way longer as you will be shipping from UK ?

    1. Darren Wall Editor

      Hi! We’re shipping in the coming days, so I expect the edition should be with you in time for Christmas.

  14. trisha.h253

    Exciting news! Can’t wait to see the finished product! Congrats Liam!!

    1. Liam Wong Creator

      Thank you! I’ve shared some clips on my Facebook and Twitter if you’re interested to see 🙂

      twitter.com/liamwong
      Facebook.com/liamwon9

  15. Zozo

    Very excited for it to arrive ^^

    1. Liam Wong Creator

      Thanks so much! Excited for it to go out. Really happy with how it has turned out.

  16. Michele Celotti

    Can’t wait for this to arrive! excellen work Liam!

    1. Liam Wong Creator

      Thank you Michele!!

  17. xc9012

    Gotcha.

  18. Dimi Grigoriadis

    Amazing news. This book is surely a highlight this year. Can’t wait to hold it in my hands

  19. Dev Jayakrishnan

    Made of it*. Typo. Sike.

  20. Liam Wong Creator

    I’m not sure who will read this but I just want to say thanks again for joining me on this journey – seeing the list of names in the book was something else and I’m really grateful! Roll on release day!

    1. xc9012

      It`s such a long and great journey, Liam.
      Glad to be within it, good job.

    2. Xavier

      Can’t wait to get it! Your work is amazing man!

    3. ArtEos1

      Thanks for the inspiration and the amazing art

    4. Yvonne Siu Tong Lee

      Got your back ^_^ *fist bumps* can’t wait for this to arrive 😀
      Thank you for sharing your world of art and talent.

    5. sarablankart

      This is so exciting and inspiring!! Thank you Liam for making wonderful art and I can’t wait to see it!!
      Praise to all the hard work you put into it!

    6. tim1

      I’m very excited to also hold this in my hands. Congrats on all the hard work, Liam and everyone else at Volume!

    7. Timothy Souter

      Really looking forward to this one, I hope I get a blue one ^_^

    8. Stefano Marelli

      Congrats Liam! I’m hyped waiting for the release day!

    9. Dev Jayakrishnan

      I’ve been waiting for this for a while now. I wish I’d gone all in for the Neon slipcase edition but more than anything, I look forward to seeing these images on print. I’ve been a fan of your work for a long time and it’s pretty awesome to see what you’ve made of. Congratulations, Liam!

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