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Reuben Wu is a fine art and commercial photographer, director and music producer. He has had two personal photography exhibitions recently in Chicago and San Francisco, directed branded content for companies such as GE and Google, and has imprudently toured the world performing electronic music with an excess of (very breakable) analogue synthesisers.


See more of Reuben Wu’s work in Issue 16


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Tell us a little bit about yourself


I'm a British photographer, director and music producer. I spent the last 14 years travelling the world performing and releasing music with my band Ladytron. All my photographs (taken as I travelled with and without the band) were kept private until about two years ago when I decided I felt comfortable with sharing them publicly. I like to avoid crowds, go out at night by myself, and make myself believe that I am truly discovering new territory.



What is the inspiration behind your work?


I'm inspired by science, technology, our planet, and humanity. I'm also fascinated by the idea of an inner vision, a combination of memory, imagination and physical reality. Like many artists and photographers, my images don't represent reality, but a fiction framed by reality. I'm interested in finding unfamiliar terrain where there is a hint of the familiar, therefore posing a threat of looming possibility.

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What do you think is the artist's role in society?


I don't really think about it much, but an artist's role is to catalyse change, and to give solace and enjoyment to people who seek it.



What superpower would you want and why?


I'd like to be able to consistently blag my way into every airplane first class section.



Favorite drink?


Whisky, bitters, sugar & orange peel fire.


 

/  ARTIST FEATURE

Q&A with REUBEN WU

Vhcle Magazine Issue 16, Photography