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Simon Lee

British, b. 1963

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Simon Lee

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British, b. 1963

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With humble materials and straightforward means—found snapshots, plastic toys, pinhole cameras, and projectors—Simon Lee creates evocative, dream-like videos, projections, and photographs. As he explains, a fascination with light, essential for capturing images, drives his work: “I began to learn more about the physics of light and its complexities and mysteries, and it gradually became a central media in my work.” For one such work, called Bus Obscura (2004-), Lee converted a bus into a camera obscura by lining its darkened windows with pinholes. As the bus moved, the passing scenery was projected into its interior, flipped upside-down and scrolling past in a continually changing stream, like the unfolding scenes from a film shot in real-time.

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With humble materials and straightforward means—found snapshots, plastic toys, pinhole cameras, and projectors—Simon Lee creates evocative, dream-like videos, projections, and photographs. As he explains, a fascination with light, essential for capturing images, drives his work: “I began to learn more about the physics of light and its complexities and mysteries, and it gradually became a central media in my work.” For one such work, called Bus Obscura (2004-), Lee converted a bus into a camera obscura by lining its darkened windows with pinholes. As the bus moved, the passing scenery was projected into its interior, flipped upside-down and scrolling past in a continually changing stream, like the unfolding scenes from a film shot in real-time.

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