Late Photographer Corky Lee Gets Mural Treatment on Doyers Street

Posted on: September 24th, 2021 at 5:02 am by

Photo: Karlin Chan

There is a new tribute mural in Chinatown that honors the memory of beloved photographer Corky Lee.

The nascent Chinatown Mural Project is behind the new artwork, which stretches along a 35-foot wall on Doyers Street, the nerve center of Chinatown.

The mural is two-toned – blue and off-white – and meant to resemble “Ming” porcelain.

As with other Chinatown Mural Project jobs, the Corky Lee tribute was curated by activist Karlin Chan and painted by Peach Tao. Marissa Molina was tasked with the portraits of his friends, the “Chinatown Homies” – Chan, author Henry Chang, and filmmaker Wing Lee and Victor Huey.

The profile sketches are flanked by an homage of the “East Meets West” transcontinental train completion, a subject that captivates the late Artist. (One of his favorite photos was taken in Utah, where he posed railroad worker descendants for a reenactment.)

Photo: Karlin Chan

Corky Lee, who identified as the “undisputed unofficial Asian American photographer laureate,” spent the better part of his life documenting the Asian experience in America. His passion in photography took him from coast to coast to document injustices, everyday life, and the issues facing Asian communities.

He died from the novel coronavirus in January of this year.

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