Corky Lee, an award-winning photographer who captured the lives of political activists of the Asian American community, has tragically died at the age of 73 after battling Covid-19. Currently, people are searching for his biography as his death news has gone viral all over social media. Read the entire article to know more.
Who was Corky Lee?
We announce this with great sadness that Corky Lee is no more with us. Corky, as he was known to the Asian American community, was everywhere. He always had a camera around his neck, documenting a community event, capturing a social injustice for the record and even correcting the social injustice of an historical event that took place well over a century ago. He did what he loved and we loved him for it.
|Birthday||5th September 1947|
|Birthplace||Queens, New York City, USA|
|Died day||27th January 2021|
|Place of death||Queens, New York City, USA|
|Occupation||Activist, Community Organizer, Journalist, and Photographer|
Corky had a very unique lens. His passion was to rediscover, document, and champion through his images the plight of all Americans but most especially that of Asian and Pacific Islanders. He has left us with what is likely to be the single largest repository of the photogenic history of Asian Americans of the past half-century. On January 3, Lee first began experiencing Covid 19 symptoms and was hospitalized for the same on January 7. Later, he was moved to the ICU on January 11. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, his elder sister’s husband, and both of the sibling’s children.
Corky Lee Awards list by year
|1993||Photographer-Artist-in-Residence Award, Syracuse University|
|1993||Special Recognition Award, Asian American Journalists Association|
|2002||New York Press Association Award|
|2002||Artist-In-Residence, New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program & Institute|
|2008||Pioneer Award, Organization of Chinese Americans|
|2009||Susan Ahn Award for Civil Rights and Social Justice for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Asian American Journalists Association|
|2014||UC Regents Lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles Asian American Studies Center and Department & Luskin School of Public Affairs Urban Planning Department.|
Corky Lee Autopsy Report
Lee was born to two Chinese immigrants in Queens, New York. Dubbed the ‘unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate’. Moreover, he documented Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in vivid, intimate detail over his 50-year career. His photography began in junior high when he saw a famous 1869 photograph, of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. But, the photo, purportedly showing railroad workers, contained no Chinese workers- despite there being an estimated 15.000 Chinee laborers contributing to its construction.
Corky Lee Suicide Or Murder
The photo’s apparent erasure of Chinese workers inspired Lee’s future work: a lifetime of photographing Asian Americans and cementing their representation in history. In one of this most famous works, he gathered a group of Chinee Americans and descendants of Chinese railroad laborers to recreate the 1868 photograph in the same original location. His 1975 photo of a Chinese American man bloodied by New York City police appeared on the front page of the New York Post dairy, helping to galvanize 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 the loss of US auto jobs.
The Corky Lee Recovery Fundraiser, a Facebook page set up by friends for the Queens, New York, native raised over $46,000 to help pay for his medical bills. We pay our condolences and prayers to his family to bear this loss.