Leslie Kee gets naked with xinmsn
Text and photos: Denise Ngo
As one of Singapore’s most provocative personalities, photographer Leslie Kee has seen more naked bodies than any of his countrymen ever will. The 42-year-old artist, who is based in Japan, has photographed countless models, celebrities, and even adult film stars in various states of undress. His most famous subjects include Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Godfrey Gao. But perhaps his most career-defining moment occurred earlier this year, when he was arrested in Japan and fined 1 million yen (about S$12,840) for selling copies of a book containing uncensored photographs of male genitalia.
You’d think that would scare someone into playing things safe, but well, that wouldn't be Leslie. While in town to attend the opening of a photo exhibition by French cardigan connoisseurs agnès b, Leslie met with XINMSN to expound on all things related to nakedness. Despite his experience in jail, Leslie Kee insisted that he has no boundaries when it comes to photographing consenting adults in the buff.
“It would be too wrong for me to ask a model to dig out his own heart and show it to me, but anything beyond that, no,” he said, before launching into one of his famously opinionated soliloquies (this time about the possibility of releasing a book that depicts men pleasuring themselves en masse, but the details probably aren’t fit to publish here).
So you’ll understand, of course, why we couldn’t resist telling Leslie that he is the last person we would associate with something as innocent as a cardigan.