“They’re not perfect, none of the fathers are.” says photographer Zun Lee in the latest episode of InFrame, a video collaboration between Bas Berkhout and Format. “There is no such thing as the perfect father. And again, that’s something the media tries to tell us. That the antidote to the absent Black Father is some sort of perfect Dr. Cliff Huxtable type archetype that can make all these problems go away.”
Zun Lee hails from Toronto but grew up in Germany. and lots of his work tries to challenge the media’s stereotypes of African American families. What he didn’t realize in his work is that he actively photographed father-child interactions. Part of this comes from the fact that the father that he grew up with wasn’t so loving of a person.
The way it relates to his psychology and through his work is rather telling and very incredible.