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About Pete Lee

Pete Lee is a photographer and filmmaker fascinated by vibrant stories of unlikely heroes. Lee grew up in Taiwan and moved to Boston in his teens, where he frequently found himself running out of words to relay his experiences to his new friends (and vice versa), and began to rely on music and visual arts to fill in the gaps. After obtaining a film degree from Emerson College, Lee worked as a fight choreographer, a documentary filmmaker, and a case worker for at-risk youth. In each of these, he saw folks from a multitude of backgrounds fighting to tell their stories - and recognized that same sense of urgency. When Lee finally picked up the camera again, he was committed to telling the stories of folks (marginalized and otherwise) for whom - like him - words weren't enough.

As a photographer, Lee's works have been published in Food and Wine MagazineLucky Peach, New York Times, and Vice Munchies, among others. In 2014, he photographed "The Food of Taiwan" (Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt), the first cookbook of Taiwanese cuisine in English. As a director, Lee's film "Don't Be a Hero" premiered at Sundance 2018. Currently, he is working on several projects in San Francisco's Chinatown, including photographing a cookbook for the Michelin-starred Mister Jiu's and an untitled feature film about middle-aged aunties defending Chinatown from demons.