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March 2, 2016

Documentary Photographer Zun Lee on capturing the rarely told stories of African Americans

Zun Lee, the documentary photographer behind successful projects like Father Figure and the Magnum-supported Fade Resistance, says he actually never set out to be a photographer.

“I had a stressful corporate job and didn’t really have much of a life,” Lee explains in a new video from the InFrame series. “A coworker actually suggested, ‘Hey, why don’t you pick up photography—you are always traveling,’ and gave me a camera.”

Lee started in the streets, photographing strangers who piqued his curiosity, but quickly realized he was more interested in the storytelling aspect of photography and began digging in deeper.