Lee Grant (b. 1973 Australia) is a photographer and researcher with a background in social anthropology based on the South Coast of NSW. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology) and a Master of Philosophy (Visual Arts) from the Australian National University.
Grant works on commissions and long-term independent and collaborative projects dealing with themes of community, identity and belonging and how landscape (both natural and inhabited) relates to these concepts. As a multi-disciplinary documentarian her practice combines photography, video, sound and text to approach these subjects in projects that are often underpinned with research of institutional and found archives.
Grant has exhibited at the Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney), Monash Gallery of Art (Melbourne) and the National Portrait Gallery among others and has won several photography awards including the prestigious William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize (2010) and the National Photographic Portrait Prize (2018). From 2012-2014 Grant was an active member of the Australian photo-collective, Oculi. She was subsequently represented by international agency Institute for Artist Management from 2014 - 2017.
Project outcomes include publications in the form of photobooks and other printed materials, exhibitions and interactive websites. In 2012 Lee published her first book Belco Pride followed by The Five Happinesses in 2015. Her photographs are included in the collections of Parliament House Canberra, the National Library of Australia, Monash Gallery of Art, Canberra Museum and Art Gallery as well as numerous private collections.
Manal Tahir (Saudi Arabia) and her 3-year old son Fouad, 2019
Chadstone, Melbourne, 2019
courtesy of the artist