Quist is a young local photographer who has her own studio called Hidden Culture Ltd. Most of her works are portraits and all of them are famous of their high colour contrast. Please refer to the newspaper article for more details. The photos below are from her book "Lady Luminance".
Iwai is a Japanese film director/video artist, writer and documentarian. In 1995 he went on to start his career in feature films, starting with the box-office hit Love Letter. Iwai collaborated with cinematographer Noboru Shinoda to produce a film praised for its evocative winter cinematography. Love Letter made an impact in other east Asian countries too, notably South Korea where the film's success helped break down the post-World War II barriers to Japanese films being shown there.
In 1996 came the commercial and critical success of Swallowtail Butterfly, a multifaceted story of the fictional Yen Town, a city of immigrants in search of hope and a better life with three separate and distinct main characters.
In 1998, Fine Line Features released Love Letter in the US theatrically under the new title When I Close My Eyes ; it was the first Iwai-directed film to be released in the US theatrically.
Iwai enjoyed another kind of success with this film as well, having teamed up with Takeshi Kobayashi to create the music for the film and the Yen Town Band. The band they created became a commercial hit in Japan. He would team up with Kobayashi again in 2001 for the harrowing High School Drama All About Lily Chou-Chou. Kobayashi would create the music for the titular pop star, Lily Chou-Chou (voiced by Japanese singer Salyu), that is spread through the film (as well as Debussy), and later be released as an album entitled Kokyu (Breathe).
film poster of Love Letter
film poster of "Swallowtail Butterfly"
film poster of "Picnic"
film poster of "All About Lily Chou-chou"
Damien Steven Hirst
Damien Steven Hirst (born 7 June 1965) is an English artist and the most prominent member of the group known as "Young British Artists" (or YBAs), who dominated the art scene in Britain during the 1990s. Death is a central theme in Hirst's works. He became famous for a series in which dead animals (including a shark, a sheep and a cow) are preserved—sometimes having been dissected—in formaldehyde. The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, a 14-foot (4.3 m) tiger shark immersed in formaldehyde in a vitrine became the iconic work of British art in the 1990s, and the symbol of Britart worldwide.