Before his move to Tokyo, ND spent two years globe-trotting to discover the world and himself. It proved to be his turning point. It also laid the foundation for his visual sensibilities, aesthetics and philosophy as a photographer today.
The influence of those formative years permeates the images ND creates today. A man of contradictions, he is known both for his gentleness and his ability to ‘destroy’.
His gift of playful intuition and keen insight into the human nature has disarmed his subjects before the camera lens, collapsing their carefully crafted personas to expose the inner lives behind these iconic faces. What emerged are authentic images of beauty, character and honest vulnerability.
In 2004, he published his first photo book which chronicled Seiji Ozawa, a renowned music director and ex-conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
The creative breadth of his work in photography also saw him creating album covers for pop stars such as Ayumi Hamasaki, as well as photographed key cultural icons such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Kitano Takeshi, Pharrell Williams, Cyndi Lauper and Patti Smith.
ND’s work is widely seen in major Tokyo publications like POPEYE, SPUR, GINZA, GQ Japan, NYLON JAPAN, Elle Japon, Nero, as well as in prolific foreign magazines like Werk and West East magazine.
He has also photographed for many global brands in their publicity campaigns, including Shiseido, Kose, Puma, Under Armour, Cathay Pacific, NTT DoCoMo and Panasonic.
ROOTS is ND Chow’s first published book featuring selected images taken during the two-year-long personal odyssey 16 years ago.
The sights, sounds, tastes, touch and emotions of the people he has met, and the places he has visited all over the world – these were all captured by the shutter and the trigger in the visual language of purity, idealism, freshness and beauty.
Through the camera, he learnt to speak to the world and discovered hidden facets of himself in all the faces and places he has shot. It also laid the foundation for his visual sensibilities, aesthetics and philosophy as a commercial photographer today.
ROOTS, his first photo-book, was recently nominated for the 45th Kodansha Syuppan Bunka Award (photography category).