In conversation with Elise Legault
Toronto native Norman Wong is a photographer who has seen his work grace the covers of Flare, Adweek and Drake’s most recent album, Scorpion. Son to a garment manufacturer, Wong grew up in the periphery of fashion, following his father as he met the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and ''crazy New York designers'' such as Heatherette. Whilst his penchant for fashion might have been genetically engineered, his affinity to photography, however, came about serendipitously - or rather incidentally – he nuanced. He was introduced to indie rock band Broken Social Scene just as they were achieving mainstream success. Like the young William Miller in Almost Famous, Wong witnessed their rise to fame and documented their backstage lives, capturing portraits of the band members. Today, Norman is carving his own space in fashion photography by immortalizing noteworthy figures spanning from Tavi Gevinson, Manolo Blahnik and Cindy Crawford.
Self-dubbed cinephile and culture junky, we caught up with Norman as the first snowfall blanketed his beloved city of Toronto. We discussed how he keeps up with the times through his studies and extensive movie and book collection, which he stores in his childhood room and cherishes as his personal treasure trove.