The life and work of Corky Lee, a New York City-based photographer, is being celebrated at the new Pearl River Mart location on Broadway. Lee chronicled Manhattan’s Chinatown and other Asian American and Pacific Islander communities throughout the city, but passed away on January 27th, 2021 from COVID-19. The photo exhibit, titled “Corky Lee on My Mind: A Photographic Tribute” features 21 photographs captured by Lee’s friends, colleagues, and family to pay homage to his work and philosophy. Lee captured many elements of Asian American life, with the particular goal of reclaiming aspects of American history where Asian communities played an integral role. His photography was critical in documenting protest, in particular the Peter Yew Police Brutality Protest in 1975, and of housing conditions in Lower East Side.
“Corky Lee on My Mind: A Photographic Tribute” will be on view from June 11 to August 29 in the Pearl River Mart store at 452 Broadway. Read more about the exhibit and Lee’s legacy on Pearl River Mart’s website!
Image: Photo of Corky Lee by Stan Honda