I recently saw a photo by Zun Lee (the first one pictured below), and just loved it. I then zipped over to his website to see more. I thought it would be a quick visit, but I was there a l-o-n-g time admiring his beautiful shots. His work features none of the slick, coiffed, carefully composed portraits, selfies and ads of "beautiful" people that we are inundated with every day. He manages to capture the character, personality and individuality of his subjects -- urban Americana at it's best. Here are some of my favorites:
About the artist:
Zun Lee is an award-winning Canadian photographer, physician and educator. He was born and raised in Germany and has also lived in Atlanta, Philadelphia and Chicago. He currently resides in Toronto.
Lee has been globally recognized as one of the top emerging visual storytellers to watch. His focus on the importance of quotidian Black life has led to publications in the New York Times, Slate, Wall Street Journal, TIME, The New Yorker, Huffington Post, MSNBC, Washington Post, Forbes, and Hyperallergic.
For his project Father Figure, Lee places the topic of black father absence stereotypes into a broader context of pathologized black masculinity. The resulting monograph, produced by acclaimed publisher Ceiba Foto, has won several major international awards. Lee worked on repeated assignments in Ferguson, Missouri in the fall of 2014, where he engaged the local community to produce a more nuanced narrative of resistance. His latest project FadeResistance interrogates a gap in the contemporary history of black visual representation through an archive of found Polaroids of African American families. He was awarded a Magnum Foundation Fellowship in 2015.
Lee has shown his work in solo and group exhibits in New York City, Washington DC, Toronto, Paris, Perpignan, Orlando and Los Angeles. He has spoken publicly at New York University, Nathan Cummings Foundation, University of Chicago, Photoville Brooklyn, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, Annenberg Space for Photography, International Center of Photography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Recyclart Brussels.
Selected honors and awards include: Magnum Foundation Fellow (2015), Photo District NewsPhoto Annual Winner (2015), LOOK3 Educator (2015), Paris Photo/Aperture Photobook AwardsShortlist (2014), Photo District News’ 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch (2014).
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