Anacostia Arts Center Presents Bill Lee A Year To Remember and Forget

By Editorial Team on January 25, 2021
Courtesy of Anacostia Arts Center.
Currently on view
Bill Lee’s A Year To Remember and Forget is an ode to the ups and downs of 2020. The social isolation stemming from COVID 19, civil unrest in response to anti-Black police brutality, and a conspiracy filled election have marked 2020 as one of the worst years in recent memory. As a photographer, Lee was both blessed and cursed with perspective-altering subjects to cover. Baptisms, Go-gos, and protests are captured from Lee’s perspective–bringing them to life in this black and white photography exhibition. A Year To Remember is full of reflections of the human condition under the weight of such a difficult year.

William “Bill” Lee was born on the Southeast side of Washington, DC, and raised in Prince George’s County, MD. He is a product of a rich and vibrant culture visible in his images. Lee was introduced to the photography world through his Dad, Orlando Lee, who developed darkroom images in their basement. As a college student, he gained more knowledge from his Uncle, Granville Lee, who was a professional wedding photographer. This support cultivated a 20-year long photography career. Lee is inspired by the work of Gordon Parks, Richard Avedon, Jamel Shabazz, and Annie Leibovitz.

A Year To Remember and Forget opens on January 22, 2021, with a live artist’s talk slated to take place the same day at 5:30 PM. Tune in to the Anacostia Arts Center Facebook page to participate.