Timothy Saccenti – KING KONG

2nd May 2018

Timothy Saccenti shoots the cover story for the latest issue of King Kong Magazine.

The cover story for King Kong’s 5th installment has a unique subject. Sophia, the robot, is the inspired brainchild of Hanson Robotics, an AI/robotics firm based in Hong Kong and focused on engineering humanity into their synthetic progeny. On the cover and spread throughout Timothy Saccenti’s glorious photo-essay, Sophia brandishes a feminine touch in a number of Gucci styled outfits. Saccenti’s clever rendering focuses on the woman beneath her silicone frame. Sophia is a complex intelligence designed with a framework for language recognition, processing, and an ability to converse and emote. The technological achievement of her existence is recognized widely in her current post as the U.N. Innovation Champion, as well as her Saudi Citizenship. Her place in our culture is a new one – Steven Graf’s story accompanying Saccenti’s photo essay unpacks what’s essential to the concept of ‘humanity’ in a world occupied by a thing like Sophia.


Retouching – Q Studios INC @Q_studios

Essay – Steven Graf
Styling – SK Tang

Hair – Marco Chan

Makeup – Elaw Wong

Model – Elsa Li Chao

Producer – Joanne Yue
Audio – Vyle

Motion Post – Sam Rolfes, Kevin Stein, Matt Posey