Zun Lee

Zun Lee

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 published in the New York Times, Slate, Wall Street Journal, TIME, The New Yorker, MSNBC, Washington Post, Forbes, and Hyperallergic.

His project Father Figure places the topic of black father absence stereotypes into a broader context of pathologized black masculinity. Lee also worked on repeated assignments in Ferguson, Missouri in the fall of 2014, where he engaged the community in a more nuanced narrative of resistance. For his project Fade Resistance, Lee digitized his archive of 3,500 found Polaroids of African American families, illustrating how black communities codified their own lives against a backdrop of structural dispossession and loss.

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 presented at Nathan Cummings Foundation, University of Chicago, University of Toronto, Annenberg Space for Photography, International Center of Photography, and UNC Chapel Hill, among other places.

Selected honors and awards include: Magnum Foundation Fellow (2015), Photo District News Photo Annual Winner (2015), Paris Photo/Aperture Photobook Awards Shortlist (2014), Photo District News’ 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch (2014).