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Artist | Thomas Lee


Hong Kong


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About Thomas Lee


Born in Taipei, raised in Hong Kong, educated in Chicago, and now based in New York and Beijing, Thomas Lee meanders between the East and the West working as a journalist-artist. He aspires to distill the abstract from the literal; his work is both reportage and fiction. Thomas received his double-major B.A. in film and fine art with honors from Northwestern University, and has since completed multiple award-winning photo projects in Afghanistan, Uganda, Cuba, Ghana, China, and the United States, on subjects ranging from the legacy of war, to various cultural identities, to China's contemporary transformation. He was nominated Discovery of the Year at the 2006 Lucie Awards, dubbed the Oscars of photography. His work has participated in group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Paris, Cologne, and London.





Northwestern University – School of Communication and Weinberg College of Arts & 

Science 2006 Double-Major B.A. - Radio/TV/Film and Art Theory & Practice, with Honors 

in Art



Asia Weekly (亞洲週刊) – leading Chinese international newsmagazine. 

Commissioned Photographer, Videographer, Writer, July 2008 - Present

Atlas Press – photo agency specializes in breaking news, features, and exclusives 

worldwide with clients such as Time, Newsweek, Stern, Paris Match, National Geographic. 

Photographer, July 2008 - Present

The New York Times – world renowned newspaper. 

Freelance Photographer, September 2007 - July 2008

VII Photo Agency – represents prominent photographers such as James Nachtwey, Antonin 

Kratochvil, Lauren Greenfield. 

Freelance Designer and Producer, December 2006 - February 2007

Internship, August - November 2006

•Edit, design, and develop PR and multimedia content for VII Photo 


•Assist VII operations and photographers; manage VII’s archive; 

produce multimedia slide shows; design VII newsletters, seminar 


Arzu, Inc. – a non-profit organization that provides women in Afghanistan sustainable 

income by helping them source and sell their homemade, hand-woven rugs in the U.S. 

Contract Photographer, Winter 2006 - Present

Designer, Fall 2005

•Travel to Afghanistan in summer 2006 to document Arzu's ground operations and the life of the weavers in Kabul, Andkhoi, and Bamiyan 

•Produce and design a field project website

•Design business cards, mini-marketing folders, exhibit portfolios; edit and manage image database; event and rug inventory photography 

OpenShutter Project 2006 – a multimedia art project that aims to nurture global youth engagement and create discourse and cross-border sharing

Featured Artist, Fall 2005 - Spring 2006

•Travel to northern Uganda in December 2005 to shoot artistic and journalistic photographs that tell the stories of the internally displaced people and reintegration of former child soldiers; create the project website

•Organize and curate a joint multimedia exhibition

NU Advanced Media Production Studio (NUAMPS) – a professional multimedia production 

team at Northwestern University

Post Production Artist, Summer 2005, Spring 2006

•Advanced image composite and enhancement; assist the production of 

Quick Time Virtual Reality 

The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern University’s newspaper 

Deputy Photo Editor, Fall 2005

Staff Photographer, December 2003-2006

•Edit daily photos for press; oversee operations in the photo department 

•Photograph various news events around Evanston and Chicago 



2009 Px3 Prix de la Photographie "Water" Competition, Honorable Mention

2008 Px3 Prix de la Photographie Human Condition Exhibition, Exhibit Winner

2007 Folio Awards Ozzie "Best Use of Photography" Gold Winner, for NEED magazine

2006 American Photo Images of the Year, Honorable Mention in Photojournalism

2006 Lucie Awards: Discovery of the Year, Nominee

2006 International Photography Awards, Nonprofessional

• Editorial Photographer of the Year

• 1st, 2nd Place and 2 Honorable Mention in Feature Story 

• 1st Place and 1 Honorable Mention in People 

• Honorable Mention in Fine Art 

2006 PDN PIX Awards: Personal Project Merit

2005 Illinois Press Photographers Association Student Best of Photojournalism

• Photographer of the Year 

• 1st, 2nd, Honorable Mention Picture Stories 

• 2nd Place Pictorial 

2005 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Awards: 1st Place feature 


2005 Ed Paschke Memorial Award: Outstanding Artist

2004, 2005 The Kay Krieghbaum Memorial Photography Contest: Winner



2008 Px3 Human Condition Exhibition

Farmani Gallery, New York | Aug 21-31, 2008

Acte 2 Galerie, Paris | Premiere June 27, 2008

Farmani Gallery, Los Angeles | March 6-31, 2008 

2007 American Photo Images of the Year 2007 Exhibit

SplashLight Studio, New York | December 7, 2006 

2006 International Photography Awards Best of Show

Touring six countries | January 26 - February 1, 2007

2006 Kein Mensch Ist Illegal (No One Is Illegal)

Köln International School of Design | Opened December 3, 2006

2006 Ian Parry Scholarship Exhibition

Getty Image Gallery, London | August 22, 2006

2006 Open Shutter Multimedia Exhibition

Northwestern University, Chicago | Feb 24-26, 2006


Cuba, Afghanistan, Uganda, Ghana, Nepal, Dubai, China, Japan, Thailand, Greece, New 

Zealand, Canada, the U.K. and U.S.









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