Tim Walker Makes Activist Artistry In 'An Artist of the Floating World' For Vogue UK December 2016

Master photographer Tim Walker produces another of his breathtaking editorials, 'An Artist of the Floating World'. Shooting for the first time on location in Japan, Walker captures models Rianne van Rompaey, Chiharu Okungi, Maaya Yoshiyama, Yukihide Harada, Mari, and Yubi joined by talents Yoshito Ohno, Masaharu Imazu, Yuta Ishiyana, Masashi Nakamura, Barabbas Okuyama and Hiroshi Ishiguro styled by Kate Phelan./Hair by Shon; makeup by Sam Bryant

'An Artist of the Floating World' (1986) is a historical novel by Kazuo Ishiguro set in Japan post WWII. The narrative belongs to Masuji Ono, an aging painter who -- in the buildup to WWII -- broke away from his teacher to pursue nationalistic propagandistic art.  Much like the McCarthy era in America's 1950s, where America's artists were regularly rounded up and jailed as Communists, Ono took an active role in Japan's ideological witch hunt. 

The timely nature of Walker's creative impulse for 'An Artist of the Floating World' is surely the rise of nationalism worldwide and specifically the rise of Donald Trump and his embrace of nationalistic, alt-right, ideological purity in America. ~ Anne

Related: Hillary Supporters Reel Under Impact of FBI Director Comey's Revelations That Threaten Election Outcome AOC Hillary Clinton