JASON LEE (b. 1970, Orange, California)

A native of Southern California residing in Texas since 2015, Jason Lee is a film photographer, actor, and director. Having established a successful career as a professional skateboarder during skateboarding's pivotal late 80s and early 90s period, Lee would go on to pursue acting in 1994, which would lead to working in film, television, and voiceover, and with such directors as Kevin Smith, Cameron Crowe, Lawrence Kasdan, and Rebecca Miller. Despite retiring from skateboarding in 1995, Lee continued co-managing Stereo Skateboards with co-founder and former professional skateboarder Chris Pastras. In 2018, the two longtime friends celebrated the company’s 26-year-anniversary.

In 2002, Lee developed a passion for photography and dedicated himself to pursuing the medium as a creative profession. His photographic works have since been featured in multiple group and solo exhibitions, magazines, and two sold-out books; a 2016 special limited edition hardcover issue of Texas-based Refueled magazine, featuring a selection of his American instant film photographs from 2006-2016, and A PLAIN VIEW, a 2018 book of large format color film photographs made throughout Texas in 2017. A PLAIN VIEW marked the debut publication for Film Photographic, an Instagram film photography sharing platform and photography book publisher founded by Lee in 2015. In 2019, Lee will host his first solo museum exhibition at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The exhibition will showcase a selection of photographs made throughout Oklahoma during a six-month period in 2018. A companion book of these works will be released later in the year. In 2020, Film Photographic will release a second printing of A PLAIN VIEW, with publisher Stanley Barker to release a book of previously unpublished black-and-white photographs from Lee’s archives.

EDUCATION

Self-taught

YEARS ACTIVE

2002-present

MEDIUM

Film

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 - Selected works from A PLAIN VIEW - Artspace 111, Fort Worth, Texas

2017 - Selected works from A PLAIN VIEW - Preacher Gallery, Austin, Texas

2018 - Selected works from A PLAIN VIEW - Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Denton, Texas, hosted by Greater Denton Arts Council

2019 - Oklahoma - Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma (Opens May 31)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2003 - Now & Then - Stereo Skateboards graphic art and group art/photography exhibition, Downtown Independent Gallery, Los Angeles, California (multiple works)

2004 - Way Out East! - Three traveling Stereo Skateboards graphic art and group art/photography exhibitions: NYC, London, Paris (multiple works)

2004 - Northern Exposure - Stereo Skateboards graphic art and group art/photography exhibition, Antisocial Skateboard Shop, Vancouver, BC (multiple works)

2007 - Stereo 15 Year Anniversary Show and Celebration - Stereo Skateboards graphic art and group art/photography exhibition, 3131 Clement Gallery, San Francisco, California (multiple works)

2010 - STEREO ON 6TH STREET - Stereo Skateboards/guest artists skateboard graphic art and group art/photography exhibition, Los Angeles, California (multiple works)

2010 - These Friends at This Gallery - Day 19 Gallery, Los Angeles, California (1 work)

2011 - These Friends at This Gallery - Day 19 Gallery, Los Angeles, California (1 work)

2016 - Untitled art/photography group exhibition - Social List & Port, Long Beach, California (6 works)

2016 - Our/Los Angeles Presents A Film Photographic Group Photo Show - Los Angeles, California, sponsored by Film Photographic and Our/Los Angeles, hosted by Our/Los Angeles (3 works)

2017 - MakeShift Photorama: Significance Imposed, A Collision of Words & Images - Kettle Art Gallery, Dallas, Texas (4 works)

2017 - OUR CITY: A Los Angeles Photography Show - Los Angeles, California, sponsored by Film Photographic, Ilford Photo, Our/Los Angeles, and Contact Photo Lab, hosted by Contact Photo Lab (2 works)

2018 - American Soil - The Mitten Building, Summerbell Room, Redlands, California, sponsored and hosted by Diavolist (2 works)

2018 - ON NORTH TEXAS - Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Denton, Texas, sponsored by Film Photographic and Ilford Photo, hosted by Greater Denton Arts Council (2 works)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2004 - Monster Children magazine, Issue 5, featured photographer

2006-2009 - Anthem magazine, 14 issues, contributing and featured photographer

2015 - Monster Children magazine, Issue 48, guest issue editor and featured photographer

2016 - Refueled magazine, The One Series, Issue Four Volume 1: Instant Film, special limited signed and numbered hardcover edition book (500 copies, sold out)

2018 - A PLAIN VIEW, Photographs from Texas January - April 2017, special limited signed and numbered hardcover edition book/signed softcover edition book, published by Film Photographic (2000 total copies, sold out)

SELECTED MEDIA

2015 - Table Talk, Episode 1, Monster Children magazine, video interview

2016 - Visual Revolutionary, Episode 37, podcast interview

2016 - Capturing Americana with Jason Lee, polaroid.com, web interview

2016 - The Shoot With Matt Day, podcast interview

2016 - Jason Lee’s Photography of a Dust-Covered America, Format magazine, web interview 2017 - The Kodakery, podcast interview

2017 - OUR CITY: A Los Angeles Photography Show, short documentary film about the OUR CITY group photography exhibition and its participants, directed by Exploredinary

2018 - SANDERSON TO BRACKETTVILLE, short documentary film about the making of A PLAIN VIEW, directed by Parker Hill

2018 - For the Love of Film, Kodachrome magazine, Issue 3, print interview about Film Photographic

2018 - Ilford Inspires, Legends of Skateboarding: The American Photo Road Trip, short documentary film feature, directed by Exploredinary

2018 - Think More Shoot Less - The Jason Lee Interview, video interview

SELECTED EVENTS

2016 - Photography and publishing panel discussion with Chris Brown, Publisher, Refueled magazine, Polacon Instant Film Convention, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Denton, Texas, hosted by Instant Film Society and Greater Denton Arts Council

2017 - A PLAIN VIEW artist talk and gallery walk-through, Artspace 111, Fort Worth, Texas

2017 - A PLAIN VIEW artist talk and gallery walk-through, Preacher Gallery, Austin, Texas

2018 - Artist talk and A PLAIN VIEW book signing with moderator Scott Stulen, President and Director, Philbrook Museum of Art, Magic Eye Bookstore, Tulsa, Oklahoma

2018 - Photography workshop and A PLAIN VIEW book signing, Leica Store Boston

2018 - Artist talk and A PLAIN VIEW book signing with moderator Aline Smithson of Lenscratch, Arcana: Books on the Arts, Los Angeles, California

2018 - Artist talk and A PLAIN VIEW book signing, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Denton, Texas, hosted by Greater Denton Arts Council

2018 - Lecture and A PLAIN VIEW book signing, George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York

2018 - Instructor, large format film photography workshop, Kodak Park, Rochester, New York, hosted by Kodak Camera Club