Photographic Justice: A Tribute to Corky Lee, an exhibit of 72 photographs by 31 photographers, including 12 photographs by Corky Lee, was on display at the Charles P. Sifton Gallery, US District Court (EDNY) in Brooklyn New York, from May 2022 to January 2023. The exhibit was curated by Chee Wang Ng as an expanded, second iteration of the show “Corky Lee on My Mind” held at Pearl River Mart in May 2021, curated by Joanne Kwong, Chee Wang Ng, and Karen Zhou.
Photographers included long-time colleagues of Corky and younger photographers, many of whom Corky mentored. The diversity of ethnic backgrounds, themes and content, and perspectives testifies to the evolution and richness of "Asian American Photography."
Photographers: Lincoln Anderson, Tomie Arai, Chien-Chi Chan, Louis Chan, Edward Cheng, Alan S. Chin, Thomas Chin, Stan Honda, Bob Hsiang, Joseph Hsu, Wing Young Huie, Yunghi Kim, Andrew Kung, Chee W. Lee, Eric Lee, Jook Leung, Jeenah Moon, Chee Wang Ng, Wai Ng, Joseph Songco, Teresa Tamura, Cindy Trinh, Alex Wong, Dean Wong, Leland Wong, An Rong Xu, Marcus Yam, Marilynn K. Yee, Hai Zhang, and Karen Zhou…
and Corky Lee, courtesy of the Estate of Corky Lee
Group visits and curated tours: Preview reception hosted by Asian American Bar Association-New York; City-as-School, Artists Space Photography Internship Program; Apex for Youth After School Program-PS 184 Shuang Wen School; Asian American Arts Alliance (A4) 40th anniversary kick off reception; PS 130-Hernando DeSoto School, fifth graders, fourth graders, and special ed classes; MS 131-Dr. Sun Yat Sen School, sixth grade photo enrichment class; Immigrant Social Services; Columbia University-Asian American Studies classes; Yale University alumni and affiliates; curated walk-through hosted by Ti-hua Chang and Rocky Chin; NYC Commissioner of Human Rights and NYC Taxi and Limousine Commissioner; attorneys from Cleary Gottlieb; personal gallery visit by Michelle Go’s family, with Judge Marilyn Go. Hundreds of public school students visited the gallery and also visited the court to learn about the justice system.
A big thank you to sponsors:
Platinum ($10,000): Asian American Federation
Gold ($5,000): Asian American Bar Association-NY; Asian American Journalists Association (National)
Silver ($2500): Cleary Gottlieb Steen Hamilton LLP; Park Charitable Fund; CUNY-Asian American Research Institute
Sponsors ($500-1,000): Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans; Columbia University-Ethnic Studies; Hunter College-Asian American Studies; NYU-APA Institute; May Chen and Rocky Chin; Julie Azuma, Alfonso Lau, Chester Lee, Joyce Moy.
Left to Right: Fourth grade and Special Ed students from PS 130, Jan. 13, 2023; Intro to Asian American Studies class, Columbia University, Sept. 27, 2022; photographer Marylinn K. Yee (NY Times), Jan. 6, 2023. Below left: Hosts Ti-hua Chang and Rocky Chin introduce Judge Peggy Kuo; right: photographer Jook Leung.