TITLE: Everyday People in Downtown LA
This is my love letter to the everyday people in Downtown LA, where different people from different walks and worlds of life collide. Growing up in nearby Chinatown as an immigrant and queer kid, I had my own unique relationship with this ever-expanding and ever-gentrifying part of the city. I had always felt invisible and relegated to the background. My intention with this collection is to highlight and elevate the invisible - the old, the differently-abled, the mundane - and amplify their own sense of extraordinary across this urban sprawl we call home.
AUTHOR: Tommy Lei (United States)
TOMMY ‘YUE QIANG’ LEI.
Tommy Lei is a fine modern photographer based born in Hong Kong and raised in Los Angeles. His photography work stems from a fervent desire to elevate the everyday, to celebrate the ordinary by making them extraordinary.
Tommy aspires to evoke a deeper connection between the image and the viewer, whether it is still life or street photography. He likens each image to a painting in fluid motion, a visual poetic text. Photography to him is equal parts edifying and nourishing.
He largely credits his immigrant upbringing and Chinese background as a major influence in how he approaches photography as both practice and visual language. Tommy’s wide range of captivating, limited-edition prints are collected from coast to coast as well as other countries including Canada, France, and South Korea.
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