Image from "HOME" Dementia project

Image from "HOME" Dementia project

A little bit about Jimmy Lee...


  I am a photographer based in East London where I have lived all my life. It's a very diverse area with plenty of hustle and bustle &   real characters! 

My journey into photography was not through University, College or expensive classes but through misfortune,fate,hard graft and of course...a touch of good fortune and good people. Call it what you will, but I wish it had happened a lot sooner in my life. 

 I would call my style  a visual storytelling no matter what the subject . 

The feeling I get when I know without even looking at the camera I have something special,the moment I see the image for the first time i smile or get  a tear in my eye ...this is why i make images.

 Whether it is wandering the streets,an event,party, festival, family celebration, documenting a place of work for clients both large & small or capturing more sensitive subjects such as care homes,it is all about blending in and trying to become as invisible as possible in that environment.  

I have had 3 London exhibitions in the past 12 months ,my first exhibition was a large immersive street photography installation at the Boathouse Creative Studios in Barking. Consisting of over 30 street images, it showed a journey through London streets printed on weatherproof PVC. The images were mounted in a way that made you feel part of the exhibition and also included some pieces to create interaction with the visitors. Legendary photographer  David Bailey along with his wife Catherine  and his son Fenton came to visit twice and spent some time walking the exhibition with me. What great people -  very down to earth and up for a laugh. They were very impressed by both the images and the whole experience I had created … there can be no bigger compliment than that for my work and first exhibition !! 
 For my most recent Exhibition i was privileged to be given an opportunity by the amazing people at Studio 3 Arts in East London to exhibit at the excellent gallery they have in Boundary Road Barking.
The exhibition consisted of images i have made while documenting a local care home for the past year, a place where many of the residents suffer from dementia on many different levels , a difficult subject at times but so humbling & rewarding.  I love to get very involved in projects,they are very important to me and a reason why i love my job  ,. You can read more about the "HOME" project here


 I have had my work featured on many social media platforms as well as being featured in  publications including  London Assembly, Bold magazine,a world street photography book ,voted one of the street photographers to watch out for in 2017 on Street hunters poll ,among the 10 finalists from 3000 for London Live photography competitionI was also interviewed on the hugely popular street focus podcast by Valerie Jardin.
 Some of the companies i have created/create images for include...

Barking Riverside/L&Q, Patrizia UK, Bouygues UK, Mid Group Barking & Dagenham Events team, Barking and Dagenham council ,Waltham Forest council, Essex County Council,Broadway theatre,Studio 3 Arts,Creative Barking & Dagenham amongst numerous others
 I love to get very involved in projects ,my style and approach suits many situations. 

 The images on this website are a small selection from my portfolio & contain a wide range of subjects but always with a strong candid unposed feel, even at weddings

 Most of the images displayed on this website are for sale or licensing. 

There are various licensing packages available for businesses who require art work for premises large or small to create contemporary and creative areas and brighten up dull wall space in waiting rooms or workspace. 

Please feel free to contact me to discuss your requirements and any photography you have in mind whether it is a few hours,bigger projects,commissions,events,family events,days out,city walks or to purchase/license my work.


    Thanks for reading ...

                                    Jimmy Lee