Daniel Lee


Nightlife 2001

The setting sun often awakens a new landscape of wild life activity, one that is carefully watched by the eyes of predator, scavenger and prey... My latest work "Nightlife" is a contemporary portrayal of the intrinsic animal interactions between people in today’s urban environment.

The centerpiece is a mural depicting the diversity found within a street side cafe. There are ten additional portraits that segregate the scene into smaller habitats.

All models were photographed with strobe lighting in front of seamless paper using a Lite Phase digital camera back on a Hasselblad camera. Thanks to digital technology, I was able to photograph each model separately in my studio. I digitally arranged the furniture and incorporated a Soho restaurant as the background.

- Daniel Lee


  • 2019
    “Return to the Sea” at Taitung Art Museum, Taitung, Taiwan
  • 2016
    “Looking Glass/Daniel Lee Retrospective” at Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2014
    “Daniel Lee/Metamorphing” at OCT Art Center, Shanghai, China
  • 2012
    “Trace to the Origin: Daniel Lee Retrospective” at Luoca Art Center, Xiamen, China
  • 2011
    “Animal Instinct / Photographs of Daniel Lee” at San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas, USA
  • 2008
    “Daniel Lee 1993-2007 Retrospective” at Tsing Hua University, Beijing, China
  • 2001
    “Nightlife” at O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, USA


  • 2012
    “Petersburg Photo Vernissage 2012” at CEH Manege, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 2008
    “Art of Taiwan” at National Moravian Gallery, Czech Republic
  • 2004
    “ArTaipei 04/Featured Artist” at Art Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan