About Me

Welcome to my website!

I’m an Iowa native and former newspaper photographer. My photojournalism career took me to newspapers in Iowa, Wyoming, Florida, Colorado, South Carolina, Nebraska, Minnesota and back to Iowa. My photos have been published in newspapers and magazines throughout North America and in Europe. I have won dozens of awards in state and national photojournalism competitions, and am a two-time recipient of the Humanitarian Award from the Minnesota APME Association.

Now I shoot photos for fun.

I’ve been finding the further I get from my former newspaper career, the more I have been embracing minimalism. I now carry a minimal amount of gear, usually a camera and a single fixed focal length lens. It makes me think more about the subject, lighting, composition, and less about the gear. And adds more enjoyment to the process.

Shooting black and white has also rekindled my passion for photography. Not shooting color and converting to B&W, but shooting in B&W and capturing the subject the way I want it in camera, not creating it later in Photoshop.

I do have some of my photojournalism work displayed on this site, but my photo blog has my latest photos and musings. I’ll still shoot the occasional color photo, but for now it’s mostly black and white.

Thanks for visiting!

— Jim Lee, Photographer

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