A tribute to Corky Lee, at the Eastern District Sifton Gallery

Chief Justice Margo K. Brodie is pleased to announce the opening of Photographic Justice: A Tribute to Corky Leea group exhibition of photographs at the Charles P. Sifton Gallery.

Corky Lee was a passionate Asian American community activist and self-taught photographer. During his extraordinary 50-year career, he covered the exceptional range of life in the Asian American Pacific Islander community in New York and elsewhere in the United States. Through his work, Lee became known as the “undisputed, unofficial Asian American Photographer Award Winner”, a nickname he humorously gave himself and earned throughout his life.

“Lee inspired a generation of Asian American photographers and community activists to document the daily lives and struggles of Asian Americans and challenge injustice, inequality, stereotyping and discrimination. He was a founding member of the Basement Workshop, the first Asian American political and arts organization in New York City in 1970; organized the first Chinatown Health Fair in 1971 and was instrumental in forming the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans which produced the first APA Heritage Festival in 1979. In 2014 he organized the ceremonial re-enactment Golden Spike from 1869 to the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad with Asians and Asian Americans at Promontory Summit, Utah in an act of “photographic justice”. This exhibition features the works of more than thirty photographers from across the United States paying tribute to their friend, colleague and mentor Corky Lee, who died on January 27, 2021 from complications related to COVID-19. Chee Wang Ng, guest curator.

The exhibition features the work of Lincoln Anderson, Tomie Arai, Chien-Chi Chan, Louis Chan, Edward Cheng, Alan S. Chin, Thomas Chin, Peter Ferreira, Stan Honda, Bob Hsiang, Joseph Hsu, Wing Young Huie, Yunghi Kim , Andrew Kung, Chang W. Lee, Eric Lee, Jook Leung, Jeenah Moon, Chee Wang Ng, Wai Ng, Joseph Songco, Teresa Tamura, Cindy Trinh, Alex Wong, Antony Wong, Dean Wong, Leland Wong, An Rong Xu, Marilynn K. Yee, Hai Zhang, Karen Zhou, with a selection of Corky Lee, courtesy of the Corky Lee Estate, in hopes of helping to heal the community.

The humanism of photography has the power to create empathy and understanding and to promote justice and the rule of law.

The exhibition opened May 20, 2022 at the Charles P. Sifton Gallery, Theodore Roosevelt United States Courthouse, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York 11201.

Michael E. Marquez