Zun Lee is a Toronto-based visual storyteller. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Slate, TIME Lightbox, Huffington Post, MSNBC, Washington Post, and Hyperallergic.
Lee has made a name for himself as a visual storyteller of quotidian African American life. For his award-winning project Father Figure, Lee put the topic of black father absence stereotypes into the wider context of criminalization of black masculinity. Lee also worked in Ferguson in the fall of 2014, where he engaged the local community to provide a more nuanced narrative of resistance than is often depicted.
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, CBC Radio One’s Q Show, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, Annenberg Space for Photography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Recyclart Art Center Brussels.
Selected honors include: Photo District News Photo Annual Winner, Photo Books (2015), LOOK3 Educator (2015), Aperture Photo Book Awards Shortlist (2014), TD Then and Now Grantee (2014), LOOKbetween Participant (2014), Photo District News’ 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch (2014).
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