Lee Yee Photography

Lee Yee Photography Original photographs of New York by Lee Yee. A range of city subjects, locations. Special emphasis on art, graffiti to museums and galleries. "I see my photos as an ongoing graphic novel of New York; a novel always in process, always expanding.

Unwed to one visual style. I borrow, adapt: Bauhaus to tourist snaps. In the end, though, it's about my encounters with the city's amazing subject matter, polyglot and disordered, like New York itself I'm basically a walker, a passerby." -- Lee Yee, New York, 2016

Operating as usual

“Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.” ~ ― Yoko Ono
09/27/2017

“Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.” ~ ― Yoko Ono

"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer." ~ Albert Camus
09/27/2017

"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer." ~ Albert Camus

"Feast of San Gennaro ~ First Glimpse," 16 September 2017 Mott Street, NYC. Photographs: Lee Yee Photography / Bonita Le...
09/21/2017

"Feast of San Gennaro ~ First Glimpse," 16 September 2017 Mott Street, NYC. Photographs: Lee Yee Photography / Bonita Lei.

"Accidental Selfie, Graffiti on Pavement, Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, NYC, Summer 2017." Photo: Lee Yee
07/23/2017

"Accidental Selfie, Graffiti on Pavement, Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, NYC, Summer 2017." Photo: Lee Yee

"War is not healthy for children and other living things." This image of a frightened woman I captured at the Bay Ridge ...
06/11/2017

"War is not healthy for children and other living things."
This image of a frightened woman I captured at the Bay Ridge Memorial Day Parade on 29 May 2017 in South Brooklyn, NYC, is possibly one of the boldest anti-war statements, captured in a hostile, pro-war environment. https://www.leeyeephotography.com/ #leeyeephotography #antiwar

Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.~ Marcel Proust
05/27/2017

Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.~ Marcel Proust

"I love the way capitalism finds a place - even for its enemies." ~ Banksy
05/06/2017

"I love the way capitalism finds a place - even for its enemies." ~ Banksy

"All graffiti is low-level dissent, but stencils have an extra history. They've been used to start revolutions and to st...
04/24/2017

"All graffiti is low-level dissent, but stencils have an extra history. They've been used to start revolutions and to stop wars." ~ Banksy

"Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems." ~ Rainer Maria Rilkehttp://www.leeyeephotography.com"...
04/04/2017

"Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems."
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
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"Springtime: Graffiti on Column, Brooklyn NYC Spring 2017" Photo:Lee Yee
#graffiti #beige #column #architecture #tenementbuilding #pedestrian #streetart #streetsigns #banksy #art #popart #southbrooklyn #sidewalk #concretepavement #poverty #slums #brooklyn #nyc #streetphotography #photojournalism #winter #leefriedlander #vivianmaier #weegee #leeyeephotography

"Welcomet, Upside Down: Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NYC, March 2017" Photo by Lee Yee.  https://www.instagram.com/p/BSMxtn3jW...
03/29/2017

"Welcomet, Upside Down: Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NYC, March 2017" Photo by Lee Yee.
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#santuarycity #doormat #welcomemat #welcome #upsidedown #graffiti #fadedglory #dust #streetart #streetsigns #banksy #art #popart #gravesendbrooklyn #architecture #southbrooklyn #sidewalk #concretepavement #poverty #slums #brooklyn #nyc #streetphotography #photojournalism #winter #leefriedlander #vivianmaier #weegee #leeyeephotography

Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre
03/15/2017

Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

"The Walls have Eyes: Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NYC, February 2017." Photo: Lee Yee
03/10/2017

"The Walls have Eyes: Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NYC, February 2017." Photo: Lee Yee

Winter storm Niko paid NYC a brief visit and brought with her 9 inches of icy snow, along with 24 mph west wind. Hm, wha...
02/11/2017

Winter storm Niko paid NYC a brief visit and brought with her 9 inches of icy snow, along with 24 mph west wind. Hm, what did Shelley say about the West Wind?

"This is What a Refugee Looks Like: Ai Weiwei, Lauromat Exhibition at Jeffrey Deitch, NYC, December 2016" Photo: Lee Yee...
02/05/2017

"This is What a Refugee Looks Like: Ai Weiwei, Lauromat Exhibition at Jeffrey Deitch, NYC, December 2016" Photo: Lee Yee
#refugees #aiweiwei #exile #dissidents #immigrants #art #syria #greece #loneliness #jeffreydeitch #nyc #leeyeephotography

This is What a Refugee Looks Like, Dec 2016 Photo: Lee Yee."I walked into the tents and saw so many blankets. Then the b...
02/04/2017

This is What a Refugee Looks Like, Dec 2016 Photo: Lee Yee.
"I walked into the tents and saw so many blankets. Then the blankets started to move because there were people under them. It reminded me of Joseph Beuys’s 1974 performance piece, “I Like America and America Likes Me.” It surprised me to see so many children not crying. They’re just like adults — it’s wet, it’s cold, it’s an unacceptable situation. Their tears must be all used up." ~ AI Weiwei.

"My culture comes from everywhere. Just consider a human a human." ~ Marjane Satrapihttp://www.leeyeephotography.com/"Th...
01/31/2017

"My culture comes from everywhere. Just consider a human a human." ~ Marjane Satrapi
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"Three Generations, Subway NYC" by Lee Yee Photography
#subway #family #muslimah #women #nyc #leeyeephotography

01/30/2017

"Restroom at CBGBs 1970s" PUNK Chaos to Couture, Metropolitan Museum, 2013.
12/26/2016

"Restroom at CBGBs 1970s" PUNK Chaos to Couture, Metropolitan Museum, 2013.

"Counterfeit Handbags, Canal Street, 2016" Photo: Lee Yeehttp://www.leeyeephotography.com/Several Canal Street blocks, a...
12/19/2016

"Counterfeit Handbags, Canal Street, 2016" Photo: Lee Yee
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Several Canal Street blocks, abutting on Chinatown, are an established ad hoc street market for black market and counterfeit goods. Contrary to NY urban legend, it's not aganst the law to buy such goods, only to sell them.
#newyorkphotographs #counterfeit #newyorktourist #fashion #louisvuitton #chanel #designeraccessories #canalstreet #chinatown #leeyeephotography

"On the Subway, 2015" Photo by Lee Yee.http://www.leeyeephotography.com/#vogue #elle #newyorkphotographs #newyorkwomen #...
12/16/2016

"On the Subway, 2015" Photo by Lee Yee.
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#vogue #elle #newyorkphotographs #newyorkwomen #redhair #fashion #beauty #sexandthecity #newyorkfashion #blackcoat #dating #leeyeephotography

"Selfie at the Metropolitan Museum (Stuart Davis), 2013."
12/15/2016

"Selfie at the Metropolitan Museum (Stuart Davis), 2013."

"Praying Man, Flatiron Square NYC," 2013, photo: Lee Yeehttp://www.leeyeephotography.com/#flatironsquare #homeless #LeeY...
11/22/2016

"Praying Man, Flatiron Square NYC," 2013, photo: Lee Yee
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#flatironsquare #homeless #LeeYeePhotography #streetphotography #nyc

The greatest luxury is being free. ~ Manolo Blahnik"Shoes, Fifth Avenue (Manolo Blahnik)," 2015http://www.leeyeephotogra...
11/22/2016

The greatest luxury is being free. ~ Manolo Blahnik
"Shoes, Fifth Avenue (Manolo Blahnik)," 2015
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#ManoloBlahnik #highheels #fashion #BergdorfGoodman #christmas #LeeYeePhotography #streetphotography #nyc

"This world is but a canvas to our imagination." ~ Henry David Thoreauhttp://www.leeyeephotography.com/ "Marsh Pool, Und...
11/15/2016

"This world is but a canvas to our imagination." ~ Henry David Thoreau
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"Marsh Pool, Undisclosed Location, NYC 12 Nov 2016" by Lee Yee
Located in a vast marshy wood. Difficult to access, deeply overgrown and nearly impassable, even on foot, so we never saw another human soul all day...just a family of deer. On some maps, but only if you know where to look.
#HenryDavidThoreau #marsh #landscape #wilderness #imagination #LeeYeePhotography

"What happens to a dream deferred?" ~ Langston Hugheshttp://www.leeyeephotography.com/"The Kiss, Staten Island Ferry 201...
11/14/2016

"What happens to a dream deferred?" ~ Langston Hughes
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"The Kiss, Staten Island Ferry 2016," photo by Lee Yee
#StatenIslandFerry #LeeYeePhotography #streetphotography #nyc #NewYorkHarbor

"Sometimes you just need a Beach Day." http://www.leeyeephotography.com/  "Coney Island, Brooklyn, NYC" photo by Lee Yee...
11/13/2016

"Sometimes you just need a Beach Day." http://www.leeyeephotography.com/
"Coney Island, Brooklyn, NYC" photo by Lee Yee
#ConeyIsland #Brooklyn #LeeYeePhotography #mermaidparadenyc, #BeachDay

Humor is reason gone mad." ~ Groucho Marx"Coney Island, NYC" photo by Lee Yeehttp://www.leeyeephotography.com/#ConeyIsla...
11/10/2016

Humor is reason gone mad." ~ Groucho Marx
"Coney Island, NYC" photo by Lee Yee
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#ConeyIsland #Brooklyn #nyc #leeyeephotography #GrouchoMarx

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."Happy Birthday, Albert Camus!
11/07/2016

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
Happy Birthday, Albert Camus!

"Speak softly, but carry a big can of paint."~ #Banksy (Wall and Piece)http://www.leeyeephotography.com/"Graffiti and La...
11/03/2016

"Speak softly, but carry a big can of paint."~ #Banksy (Wall and Piece)
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"Graffiti and Laundry, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, 2015" photo: by Lee Yee
#graffiti #BrightonBeach #Brooklyn #nyc #leeyeephotography

You live alone, creating your life as you go." ~ Edie Sedgwickhttp://www.leeyeephotography.com/"Sidewalk Cafe" Lower Eas...
10/30/2016

You live alone, creating your life as you go." ~ Edie Sedgwick
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"Sidewalk Cafe" Lower East Side, NYC 29 October 2016"
#newyork #newyoekwomen #lowereastside #leeyeephotography #sidewalkcafe #andywarhol #ediesedgwick

"Everyone needs a fantasy." ~ Andy Warholhttp://www.leeyeephotography.com/"People & Traffic, Delancey Street, NYC 29 Oct...
10/30/2016

"Everyone needs a fantasy." ~ Andy Warhol
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"People & Traffic, Delancey Street, NYC 29 October 2016"
#newyork #traffic #lowereastside #leeyeephotography #andywarhol

“When you leave New York, you are astonished at how clean the rest of the world is. Clean is not enough.” ― Fran Lebowit...
10/30/2016

“When you leave New York, you are astonished at how clean the rest of the world is. Clean is not enough.” ― Fran Lebowitz
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#newyorkstreets #leeyeephotography

“All of us have a place in history.“  ~ Richard Brautiganhttp://www.leeyeephotography.com/“Feast of Santa Rosalia, Brook...
10/29/2016

“All of us have a place in history.“ ~ Richard Brautigan
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“Feast of Santa Rosalia, Brooklyn, 24 August 2013″ by Lee Yee
#richardbrautigan #leeyeephotography #feastofsantarosalia #brooklyn

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