The legend of the lens himself, Corky Lee.
The Queens Museum of Art is currently exhibiting “Asian Pacifically New York: The Photography of Corky Lee” through August 14. In the city, everybody knows Corky. He’s at nearly every Asian Pacific American event. Has been for decades. His pictures have run everywhere from Time magazine, The New York Times, The Village Voice and the Associated Press. Corky’s 1975 picture of the old Pagoda movie theater in Manhattan’s Chinatown became the cover of my second book, This Is a Bust.
Yes, the museum is in the outerborough of Queens, but you haven’t seen New York until you’ve seen Queens, and you haven’t seen Asian Pacific America’s story on the East Coast until you’ve seen Corky’s work.
The Queens Museum of Art, New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens NY 11368
Telephone: (718) 592-9700
Corky likes cool cats. Jimmy Mirikatani, former homeless artist, concentration-camp internee and subject of the documentary “The Cats of Mirikatani,” in 2007.
Another Corky classic. Sikhs at a 9/11 candlelight vigil in Central Park.