SUPER MAGAZINE LESLIE KEE
The first photography book that Leslie ever bought was » In the American West » by Richard Avedon. Between 1979 and 1984 Mr Avedon was commissioned by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art to travel through the west of the United States and capture « something new » referring to the perception of the west being limited to rugged cowboys and pastoral beauty. Mr Avedon set on a journey far from Hollywood glam, into the heart of a less fashionable reality of the country. What he captures is far from the warm and romantic vision of the west but rather the crude reality of workers, farmers and the hardships of those trying to get by.
« In the American West » Portraits by Richard Avedon
In his letter to Mr. Avedon, Leslie says » I realize that Avedon’s photobook has been the most influential piece of photographic art work. It made me think about the meaning of life and was the catalyst for me to begin my journey as a photographer. » It is through his work that Leslie understood his role as a photographer. He says about photography that « It has the magic to inspire humans to live graciously in our chaotic world. » Portraying someone through photography is not just about the image, it’s about capturing the soul of the subject, it’s about seeing something within the person that they might not see themselves.
We are extremely proud to have been part of Leslie’s journey and to be able to present his work. If you know Leslie you know what a tenacious and incredible photographer and person he is. This is the conclusion of a life long journey and the beginning of something new. We are excited to see what’s next !