This week’s photography profile focuses on the Franco-Japanese photographer, director, and designer Tom Kan. Kan came into the world of photography from his younger days spent in design as a freelancer doing design work for the music and print industries. That freelance work eventually led him to directing music videos and television commercials where he quickly realized that learning how to manipulate cameras, play with lights and effects, and design his scenes visually was going to be very important to him as a director.
Once he had attained a high level of mastery in motion photography, he began working on his still photography where he continues to this day, honing his skills in this realm. His work has given him the opportunity to create concept borards and designs for some of the biggest feature films of the recent generation including The Matrix Reloaded
and The Matrix Revolutions
and his opening title sequence for Enter the Void
netted him honors from the Art Directors Club of Paris, the SXSW Festival, and many other prestigious design organizations and publications.
If you get the chance to see his work, it is well worth it. His unique blend of movie magic and realism makes his photos look almost too good to be true.