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Christian K. Lee

Christian K. Lee is a documentary photographer born in Chicago. His experience as a photojournalist drives his desire to utilize Art as an investigative tool. Christian’s goal is to create imagery that reflects the world in which he currently lives.

Lee’s work has been recognized internationally and published in the Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, National Geographic and Forbes Magazine.

Artist Statement

Hearts on our Sleeves

In response to many of the worldwide protests in regards to the socio-political environment in the United States: Christian felt a desire to show what it feels like to be Black in America at this point in history. Media tends to focus on the sensationalism seen during riots but he felt a desire to document more of the underlying causes instead of the reactions to injustices.

Our hearts on our sleeves.
Why hold them in, when they are worn better outside?
Will I offend you because you see our world reflected?
We the glass in the mirror, our pain the reflection.
Livin’ life through our complexion.
Our hearts on our sleeves.

Release Date: June 17, 2022

Tracia Jackson, 30, is seen in a portrait on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020 in Killeen, Tx. “Feeling the emotions of all black people at one time is very overwhelming,” Jackson said.

Overwhelmed, 2020

Release Date: February 17, 2023

Anthony Harvey, 28, is seen in a portrait on Friday, Aug. 12, 2020 in Killeen, Tx. “We’re supposed to be like a melting pot but it’s not, it’s divided and that hurts,” Harvey said.

Hurt, 2020

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