Zun Lee

Born in 1980 - Canada


Zun Lee is a self-taught photographer who picked up a camera in 2009. She has been an artist and storyteller since she was little but then life got in the way. Making pictures is her way of reclaiming her artistic side.

Zun Lee is the quintessential nomad. She was born and raised in Germany, has lived in various parts of the USA and is currently based in Toronto, Canada.

That sense of wanderlust, of being uprooted, has never left her. She doesn't anchor her concept of “home” to a familiar physical space – home is a state of mind she enters wherever she is inspired to create the work she wants, or when she is surrounded by people she cares about.

As a clinician, she is trained to work with people at their most vulnerable who grant her permission to invade their privacy. As a result, Zon Lee have always had an intense interest in the dynamics of trust and control when it comes to that interaction. At best, it can reveal a unique connection, a kind of truth that would otherwise not be foregrounded.

When a human being connects with another and - even if for a split second - relinquishes a certain level of control, it is fascinating that complete strangers can share an alternate truth about themselves that was hidden not only to others, but perhaps even to themselves. It is in these moments that individual emotion transcends the personal realm and gains universally understood context.

As a photographer, these are the moments Zun Lee is after: stories of connection that reveal themselves in a single glance or over a period of years.

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Father Figure, Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center | Charlottesville, VA, USA
Father Figure, Galerie Jed Voras | Paris, France
Father Figure, Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood, BAND Gallery | Toronto, ON, Canada


Fade Resistance - We Are Enough As We Are. International Photo Festival Leiden 2015 | Leiden, NL.
Fade Resistance - We Are Enough As We Are. Photoville 2015 | Brooklyn, NY, USA
Fade Resistance, Magnum Foundation Salon - Artist Presentation | Wainscott, NY, USA
Emerging, Annenberg Space for Photography | Los Angeles, CA
Social Photography: Art in Progress | Indianapolis, IN

IDENTITY, Snap! Gallery | Orlando, FL
Father Figure, Projection at Visa Pour l’Image International Festival of Photojournalism | Perpignan, France

(1)ne Drop LIVE, First Person Arts Festival, Painted Bride Art Center | Philadelphia, PA


Fellow, Photography Expanded Fellowship, Magnum Foundation | NewYork, NY
Winner, Photo Book Category, PDN Photo Annual | New York, NY

Honorable Mention, Documentary Photobook Category | International Photography Awards | New York, NY
Runner-Up, Paris Photo – Aperture Foundation First Photo Book Prize | Paris, France, New York NY
Grantee, TD Bank Then and Now Artist Grant | Toronto, ON, Canada
Participant, LOOK3 LOOKBetween Emerging Photographer Festival | Charlottesville, VA
Participant, New York Times Portfolio Review | New York, NY
Winner, Photo District News' 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch | New York, NY

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