Kurt Tong is a photographer born and based in Hong Kong; he studied documentary photography in London.
The website of the Rencontres d'Arles festival indicates: « His work revolves around exploring his Chinese roots and understanding of his motherland, Tong having grown up in the United Kingdom. »
His work "Combing for Ice and Jade" was part of the Rencontres d'Arles 2019 festival in the « Émergences » section under the name "Glace et Jade, le rituel du peigne".
Kurt Tong has published, among others, "In Case it Rains in Heaven" (Kehrer, 2011), "Combing for Ice and Jade" (Jiazazhi, 2019) and "The Queen, the Chairman and I" (Dewi Lewis, 2019).
© Portrait by Su Tong taken from the website of the Rencontres d'Arles festival
Presentation by Jiazazhi: "Combing for Ice and Jade is a love note from Kurt Tong to his nanny, who was one of the last remaining « self-combed » women left in China. An early form of Feminism, the comb up ceremony granted women great autonomy at a great cost. Kurt Tong has worked closely with his nanny over a period of nearly 7 years. Having only 8...