THE PHOTOGRAPHER BUSTING STEREOTYPES: ELIZABETH GABRIELLE LEE
Who she is: The Singapore-born, London-based photographer, 23, is a regular contributor to cult indie publications such as Pylot, Polyester, Hard Ears, No Substance, and Petrie.
Why know her: Lee’s first photobook Xing (also pronounced “sing”, and in Mandarin, can be read to mean “sex”, “sexuality”, “to wake up”, “to grow aware” or “essence of a person”), has been picked up by Dazed Digital, i-D, Huffington Post, Crack and Ignant for its culturally woke dissection of “‘othered’ groups through the language of photography”. The book is an effort that’s been a year-and-a-half in the making. International emerging artists, including British fashion photographer Ronan McKenzie (she’s shot for Vogue, i-D), and local feminist writer Samantha Yap contributed to the tome of achingly stylish images, exploring “new identities among Asian women”, a polarizing topic that deserves debate now more than ever before.
What’s next: Lee intends to start selling prints from the book come year-end, and is already prepping for the next instalment of the project.