Father Figure was awarded the following:
• Shortlisted at the Paris Photo – Aperture Photobook Awards for PhotoBook of the Year
• Finalist at the POYi Awards for Best Photography Book
• Winner of Best PhotoBook of the Year at the PDN Photo Annual
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If you still believe that black men are largely absentee figures in the lives of their children and families, you obviously have not seen the photographs made by Zun Lee. Lee’s photographs not only give the lie to this belief, they do so with a deep passion and a fine and smartly probing eye. Zun Lee’s photographs provide rich evidence of how photography, in the right hands, can shape our sense of the world we are living in for the better. – Dawoud Bey, Photographer, Professor of Art at Columbia College Chicago.
Zun Lee’s Father Figure: Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood is an incredible and necessary visual narrative. The images in this series provide balance and insight into a growing problem facing African American communities today. Zun’s critical eye has a deeply rooted connection to this story, allowing the viewer to see the often-invisible fathers, who strive to be providers and protectors for their children. All too often, these types of images never make the local news or mainstream media; however his work serves as a form of visual medicine to help in the healing process of so many in today’s society who are searching for answers to an ever growing concern. – Jamel Shabazz, Photographer, Author of Back in the Days, A Time Before Crack, and Seconds of My Life.
[Lee’s work explores] very interesting issues of identity and representation, especially the question of how African-American males and fathers are presented in popular culture. – David Gonzalez, Co-Editor, New York Times Lens Blog
TEJU COLE is a writer and photographer. He is the author of two books, a novella, Every Day is for the Thief, which was a New York Times Editors’ Pick, and a novel, Open City, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Internationaler Literaturpreis, and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His photography has been featured in the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and A Public Space. He is currently the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College.
TRYMAINE LEE is a Pulitzer Prize-winning national journalist at MSNBC. Widely credited for his role in bringing the Trayvon Martin killing into national prominence, he reports on education, gun violence and social justice issues. Prior to MSNBC, he was a reporter at the Huffington Post, the New York Times, and the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, where he was part of a team that won a 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Hurricane Katrina coverage.
A Photo Editor / Jonathan Blaustein
Intimate Portraits / The Washington Post
Vogue Italia’s 2014 Photo Books / Whitney Richardson of NY Times Lens Blog
L’Oeil de la Photographie: Special Books / Alison Stieven-Taylor
photo-eye: Best Books 2014 / Colin Pantall
Zun Lee: Father Figure / zPhotoJournal
Repicturing Black Fatherhood / Hyperallergic
Paris Photo – Aperture Foundation Awards: First Photobook Shortlist / Anne Wilkes Tucker
Black fatherhood revisited / International New York Times
Black Fathers, Present and Accountable / NY Times Lens Blog
Zun Lee’s Father Figure / Colin Pantall
Photographer Interview: Zun Lee / Dodge & Burn
Black Dox: Father Figure / ByBlacks.com
Zun Lee’s Book Addresses Stereotypes Of Black Fathers / The Hundreds
Exploring African-American Fatherhood / NY Times Lens Blog
PDN’s 30 2014 : New and Emerging Photographers to Watch / Photo District News
PDN Photo Of The Day / Photo District News
Black Fathers / BURN Magazine
30,6 cm x 20,9 cm / 12.2″ x 7.87″
124 pages, 61 photographs
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