Lee Grant is an award-winning documentary and portrait photographer based in Canberra. She is best-known for her exploration of migrant identity against the backdrop of Australian suburbia. Her sophisticated, often formal, colour-portraiture examines identity integration and inhabited landscapes. In doing so, Grant frequently divulges the changing cultural face of Australia. Most of her photographs, taken with medium and large-format cameras, are set in the suburban context where Grant herself lives. Within this environment she focuses on the seemingly banal, the ubiquitous, the overlooked and the over-familiar. Her purpose is to use photography as a means of transcending language barriers, revealing aspects of identity, displacement and belonging otherwise in danger of going unnoticed. As a Korean-Australian Grant’s work is in part autobiographical – a means of navigating and interpreting her own identity and heritage, as well as an instrument to inform and inspire broad audiences.
Since 2005, Lee has exhibited at the Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney), the Monash Gallery of Art (Melbourne), the National Portrait Gallery (Canberra) and the Queensland Centre for Photography (Brisbane) amongst others. She has twice been a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize, the Head On Alternative Portrait Prize, the Olive Cotton Award and the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Prize. In 2010, Lee was awarded Australia’s most prestigious photo award with the Bowness Photography Prize. A selection of her work was published in the Big City Press monograph Hijacked Volume 2: Australia and Germany and in 10×100: Fuji Finepix100 by 10 Australian Photographers. Au.thentic Press recently published her first monograph, Belco Pride. Lee’s work is held in the National Library of Australia, the Canberra Museum and Art Gallery as well as numerous private collections. In addition to her own practice, Lee is also the founder and co-curator of Light Journeys as well as the co-founder and editor of Timemachine Magazine. She is currently working on personal projects in Australia and Korea and joined the photo collective Oculi in 2012.