Lee Grant is an Australian photographer who lives and works in Australia and Asia. She is best known for her exploration of migrant identity against the backdrop of Australian suburbia. Her often formal, colour-portraiture examines identity integration and inhabited landscapes. In doing so, Lee frequently divulges the changing cultural face of Australia. She uses photography as a means of transcending language barriers, revealing aspects of identity, displacement and belonging otherwise in danger of going unnoticed. As a Korean-Australian Lee’s work is in part autobiographical – a means of navigating and interpreting her own identity and heritage, as well as an instrument to inform and inspire broader audiences.
Lee has exhibited at the Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney), the Monash Gallery of Art (Melbourne) and the National Portrait Gallery amongst others and she has won several photography awards including the prestigious William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize in 2010.
In 2012, Lee published her first book, Belco Pride followed by the publication of her second monograph, The Five Happinesses, in 2015. Her photographs are included in the collections of Parliament House Canberra, the National Library of Australia, Monash Gallery of Art, Canberra Museum and Art Gallery as well as numerous private collections.
From 2012-2014, Lee was an active member of the Australian photo-collective, Oculi. She was subsequently represented by international agency Institute for Artist Management from 2014 – 2017.
Lee is currently focusing on her own long-term projects in Australia, North and South Korea and wherever else her interests take her. Lee has a degree in Anthropology and a Masters in Visual Art from the Australian National University, where she also teaches in the Photomedia Department.
Film experience, including features, shorts and documentaries. Have worked as location scout, casting agent, co-producer and stills photographer. Also some production design experience.
Based just out of Moruya.
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