Nikki S. Lee

New York City-based photographer Nikki S. Lee was born in Korea in 1970. In 1994, after earning her B.F.A at Chung-Ang University in South Korea, Lee moved to New York City. In New York Nikki S. Lee attended FIT and eventually received her M.A. from NYU in 1998. Nikki S. Lee’s photography is taken on a simple snapshot camera. Though the camera is simple, her process is deeply complex and detailed. Projects, Lee’s most well-known collection, depicts Nikki S. Lee’s infiltration into the diverse subcultures found in everyday society. Lee is a punk, a senior citizen, a schoolgirl, a hip-hop lover, and even a yuppie. The process in taking these diverse photographs is through observation and infiltration. Lee observes the particular groups within our society, and after observing their mannerisms, style of dress, attitude, and even posture, Lee is able to transform herself into one of the them. Then, with each particular group, Lee introduces herself to the group, telling them she is an artist, and partakes in the group’s normal routines. Lee simply becomes a part of the group. Then she’ll photograph the group together in their daily routines and social events. Lee’s photographs make us question identity: does one truly determine their own identity or simply conform to one of the subcultures found within society? Lee is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in New York.


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