Ying Ang is a photographer working between Australia, Singapore, and the US. Exhibited internationally, Ying has also been published in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time and Vice Magazine. Her photobook, Gold Coast, won the New York Photo Festival and Encontros Da Imagem book prize for 2014, was acquired for the Rare Books Collection at the Victorian State Library and honoured with a nomination for the Prix Pictet. Ying’s current work, Bower Bird Blues, was a Vevey Images Grand Prix finalist, honourably mentioned in the Julia Margaret Cameron Award, exhibited in a solo show for Rencontres d’Arles in 2019 and is currently being produced as a book.
What was it that drew you to the Star Wars Families commission?
I grew up reading fantasy books. I was a huge nerd living in a town where I felt really misunderstood and found refuge in the ideals of good versus evil and the utter escapism in sci-fi and fantasy. Being able to work on a commission that was about a real family that might also find solace in these ideas, especially in the context of such an iconic story (i.e., Star Wars!), was really exciting.
Favourite Star Wars quote
“You come from nothing. You’re nothing… But not to me.” Kylo Ren, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
See Ying Ang’s Star Wars family here.
Star Wars Families presented by eBay is a collaboration between Lucasfilm and British Journal of Photography in advance of the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. An immersive photographic and editorial project, it sheds light on families around the world who have enjoyed the magic of Star Wars for nearly half a century.