Lee spoke about his work capturing images of Asian Americans to document their presence and experiences as part of the ongoing American story.
Lees work chronicles the diversity and nuances of Asian American culture overlooked by mainstream media. Several of his photographs are included in the PBS Documentary Series ASIAN AMERICANS, which premiered this month.
A self-taught photographer, Lee has been photographing the Asian American community for over 40 years. He describes his mission as "photographic justice," striving to rectify omissions in American history, and record the everyday life, culture, and experiences of Asian Americans to ensure their inclusion in America's history. His photos show the little-known struggle of Asians in America including civil rights protests, racist immigration legislation, and violence towards Sikhs and Muslims of Asian descent since 9/11.
| Corky Lee's iconic photograph, captured after 9/11, when Sikhs and Muslims of Asian descent became targets of violence, NYC, 2001