Famed Singaporean photographer Leslie Kee has found himself in the centre of a controversy over the launch of his latest photobook and exhibition, SuperStars, featuring 300 top Asian celebrities — many of them almost nude — a project that has taken him two years to complete.
The Straits Times reports that Aaron Kwok’s manager, Siu May “accused Kee of releasing a picture that shows an apparently nude Kwok without approval”.
Apparently, Kwok had posed for a series of shots in a pair of black swimming trunks — which was subsequently edited out for the exhibition — an act which Kee claims was at the suggestion of the manager during the shoot.
Andy Hui is shown lying back with a pair of jeans in between his crotch in another picture which offers a glimpse of his, erm, nicely manicured bush. Hui’s manager, Wallace Kwok confirmed to the Associated Press that his photo “wasn’t tampered with but that they had asked Kee, the photographer, not to show the picture in public”. Kee had originally shot Hui topless and wearing jeans but wasn’t happy with the outcome and pushed for more nudity. Hui apparently relented but after viewing the photos didn’t want them to be used in public.
The nation’s favourite English-language paper offers more saucy pictures here, while Leslie Kee’s very respectable portfolio of celebrity shots can be seen here. And for those of you who have spare cash, the 7,000-copy limited-edition photobook which consists of 640 high quality color pages will be sold for USD300.