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14th March 2023

Old and New Discoveries: Baldwin Lee Interviewed by Mark Steinmetz

Moving to Tennessee in the early 1980’s to take up an academic post, Lee started photographing nearby communities. After seven years he abruptly stopped, due to his “minimal” interest in recognition. Decades later, a book and a first exhibition have stunned critics. Says one: ”he is one of the great overlooked luminaries of American picture-making. It’s not often that a body of photography is hoisted up from obscurity and straight into the canon”. Images are here.