Corky Lee, an award-winning photographer who captured the lives of political activists in the Asian-American community, tragically died at the age of 73 after battling Covid-19. Currently, people are looking for his biography as the news of his death has gone viral on all social media. Read the full article to find out more.
Who was Corky Lee?
It is with great sadness that we announce that Corky Lee is no longer with us. Corky, as he was known to the Asian-American community, was everywhere. She always had a camera around her neck, documenting a community event, capturing a social injustice for the record, and even righting the social injustice of a historic event that took place over a century ago. She did what she loved and we love him for it.
|September 5, 1947
|place of birth
|Queens, New York, USA
|January 27, 2021
|place of death
|Queens, New York, USA
|Activist, community organizer, journalist and photographer
Corky had a very unique lens. Her passion was to rediscover, document and advocate through her images for the plight of all Americans, but most especially Asians and Pacific Islanders. She has left us what is probably the largest repository of photogenic Asian American history in the past half century. On January 3, Lee began experiencing symptoms of covid-19 and was hospitalized for the same on January 7. Later, he was transferred to ICU on January 11. He is survived by his brother and his sister-in-law, the husband of his older sister. , and the two sons of his brother.
List of Corky Lee Awards by year
|Photographer-Artist in Residence Award, Syracuse University
|Special Recognition Award, Association of Asian American Journalists
|New York Press Association Award
|Artist in Residence, New York University Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Institute
|Pioneer Award, Organization of Chinese Americans
|Susan Ahn Award for Civil Rights and Social Justice for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Association of Asian American Journalists
|Professor at UC Regents, University of California, Los Angeles Asian American Studies Center and Department, and Luskin School of Public Affairs Department of Urban Planning.
Corky Lee autopsy report
Lee was born to two Chinese immigrants in Queens, New York. He dubbed the ‘Unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate’. Additionally, he documented Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in vivid and intimate detail throughout his 50-year career. His photography began in high school when he saw a famous 1869 photograph of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. But the photo, which purportedly showed railway workers, contained no Chinese workers, despite an estimated 15,000 Chinese workers contributing to its construction.
Suicide or murder of Corky Lee
The apparent erasure of the photo of the Chinese workers inspired Lee’s future work: a lifetime of photographing Asian Americans and cementing their representation in history. In one of his most famous works, he assembled a group of Chinese Americans and descendants of Chinese railroad workers to recreate the 1868 photograph in the same original location. His 1975 photo of a bloodied Chinese American by New York City police graced the front page of the New York Post, helping ignite a protest march from Chinatown to City Hall. Lee photographed protests against the 1982 murder of Vincent Chin, a young Chinese-American in Michigan, by autoworkers who blamed Japan for job losses in the American auto industry.
The Corky Lee Recovery Fundraiser, a Facebook page created by friends of the Queens, New York native, raised more than $46,000 to help pay for his medical bills. We express our condolences and prayers to her family for this loss.