Lee Carter

street photography

"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist" ...Albert Einstein


I am a San Francisco, Ca. based photographer, born and raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma. I spent four years in college studying chemistry and mathematics, and two years in the Marine Corps. While on temporary duty with the Navy in the Mediterranean, I purchased my first 35mm camera and that was the beginning of my love affair with photography. After leaving the Marine Corps, I moved to Washington, D.C. where I began working for an electronic manufacturing firm as a quality control chemist. Soon after, I purchased my first 35mm SLR camera and I began taking photographs in my spare time. It was during that time when one of my most memorable assignment was taking publicity photographs for a young Marion Barry before he became mayor of Washington, D.C.

While pursuing my career as a chemist, I continued studying photography and eventually I discovered the works of such great photographers as Eugene Atget, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andre Kertesz, Walker Evans, Gordon Parks, Roy DeCarava, Garry Winogrand and others, which aroused my interest in street photography.

In 1986, I abandoned my work in chemistry, moved to San Francisco, and began exploring the streets in search of what Henri Cartier-Bresson called “the decisive moment”. My choice of subject comes from an intuitive awareness that is informed by my own personal desire to capture the essence of modern humanity in the mist of the bustle of everyday life situations found in today’s urban environments.

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