Robin Yong is a multi-award-winning Travel and Commercial Photographer, trained by acclaimed American photographer Jim Zuckerman, the world-famous Venetian Masks Florine House and Danielle Massart, and legendary Hollywood photographer Greg Gorman. He enjoys traveling to exotic destinations to befriend and photograph the locals.
He is best known for his fairy tale-esque worldview work on the Omo Valley tribes in Ethiopia, the Venetian Masked models in Venice, the Bokator boxers of Cambodia, and the Maikos of Kyoto. He calls these works his Travel Portraits, his Art of Travel Medicine. For most of his works, he does not use flash, reflectors, or artificial lighting, depending solely on natural lighting alone. The photos are often intense, dramatic, colorful, and extremely beautiful. For Robin, every photo must look like a movie poster…These highly conceptual and thought-provoking Travel Portraits especially are designed to arouse an audience both visually and emotionally.
Cuba is an interesting travel destination because it is one of the few Communist countries left. Everything seems to be stuck in the 1950s – the roads, the buildings, the shops. For many, Cuba is perceived as a place of nostalgia in the American imagination, and to any photographer, a country like no other – everywhere Robin Yong turned something caught his eyes. The colors, textures, details and of course the people make it a photographer’s dream. “The friendly locals have some of the best facial features I have seen and there is never a dull moment in Havana.” Robin Yong’s teacher is legendary Hollywood photographer Greg Gorman, so he has experience in creating celebrity style portraitures.
Let’s turn back time… it’s the year 1957 now. This is another specialized themed album, called Vintage Havana for another favorite location of Robin Yong. He tells, “I got all my dancer friends old and new together and did a few photo sessions. All photos are done using natural lighting only. This is currently my favorite series to date and yes, every picture looks like a movie still once again”.