Interview by Jessica Bell Brown
Essay by Casey Gerald
Edited by Barney Kulok
In 1983, Baldwin Lee (b. 1951)—a first-generation Chinese-American left his home in Knoxville, Tennessee, with his 4x5 view camera and set out on the first of a series of road trips to photograph the American South. The subject of his pictures were Black Americans: at home, in the street, at work, at play and in the landscape. This project would consume Lee for the remainder of that decade and it would forever transform his perception of his country, its people and himself. The resulting archive from this seven-year period contains nearly 10,000 black-and-white negatives. This monograph—Baldwin Lee—presents a selection of 88 images sequenced by photographer Barney Kulok, and includes an interview with the artist by curator Jessica Bell Brown as well as an essay by writer Casey Gerald. Published almost four decades after Lee began his journey, this publication reveals the artist’s unique commitment to picturing life in America and, in turn, producing one of the most poignant and significant bodies of work of its time.
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