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exploring black fatherhood

06/17/12 , , , , ,

photographer zun lee tries to go beyond the different stereotypes of black fatherhood in his photo series “father figure.”  background via lens:

“In 2004, I discovered my biological dad was African-American,” said Mr. Lee, who had been raised in a Korean family in Germany. “It had basically been a one-night stand. He ran away when he learned she was pregnant. She doesn’t even remember his name anymore.”

That revelation would inform his latest work — “Father Figure,” an exploration into the lives of black fathers.  Working over the last year in New York, Chicago and Toronto, where he now lives and works as a health consultant, he has delved into the lives of men who have made the choice to stay near their children as best they can.

His goal is to show an everyday, ordinary love between children and fathers. The kind of moments that get lost in the shuffle of media caricatures.

“On either side it’s stereotypical,” Mr. Lee said. “On one side it’s the Jerry Springer, Maury Povich stuff about irresponsible dads who run away from their baby mama and don’t take responsibility. On the other hand of the discourse, you have Dr. Cliff Huxtable, the über-dad. In the media, there is very little in the middle, of the everyday dad who may not be perfect, he may be struggling, but he’s present in their child’s life.”

check out some of mr. lee’s work below (click on the pics for a closer look).


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I really love these photos! it’s definitely different from stereotypical father’s day blog posts!



yeah i love them too for the visuals and stories behind them.



Nce series!



yeah he did some good stuff with an interesting topic.



I want to see more of his work. This is amazing. I love that photo.



i put up most of the ones i saw available from this series, but you can see more from his other projects at his website



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