Kevin WY Lee is a photographer and creative director based in Singapore. He has worked in the creative industry in Asia and Australia for almost 20 years. In 2010, he founded Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA), an influential platform for Photography & Visual Arts in Asia. Through IPA, Kevin participates vigorously in photography and art across the region as a practitioner, curator and educator.

In his own practice, Kevin is interested in Singapore – her temperament, aesthetic and growing pains. A broader canvas is marked by a curiosity in mortality, and how people cope with the finiteness of being mortal.

Kevin has served as curator and jury for various festivalsand programs, including the Angkor Photo Festival (Cambodia), WMA Masters Award (Hong Kong), Prix Pictet Award, PhotoQuai Biennale (France), Hong Kong Photobook Awards and Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards (Malaysia), to name a few. Most recently, he published a book of photographs titled Suddenly The Grass Became Greener and was the 2017 guest curator of Odessa/Batumi Photo Days Festival in Odessa, Ukraine. 

Kevin WY Lee is a Design Graduate from the College Of Fine Arts, University Of New South Wales, Australia.

Available for Projects, Commissions and Consultancy.


Latest Publication:

Suddenly The Grass Became Greener

Suddenly The Grass Became Greener is a book of photographs made in Singapore during her 50th year as a nation, and the coincidental death of her gardener.

Latest Curatorial Projects:


Latest projects and commissions added to my curatorial archive, including for Ukraine's only photo festival and exhibitions in Singapore.

Walking with Moriyama: Zine Collab for Daido Moriyama’s Southeast Asian Debut Exhibition

Publication for SIPF '16 exhibition: Daido Moriyama: Prints and Books from 1960s – 1980s.


In residency with Exactly Foundation, a series of nocturnes of the areas lying in the Northeast of Singapore.


Exhibition: NORTHEAST HINTERLAND Exhibition, 26th November–18th December 2017 at SAFRA Punggol Singapore .

Exhibition: NORTHEAST HINTERLAND Exhibition, 13th–23rd July 2017 at Objectifs Singapore .

Publication: Walking with Moriyama Zine: Daido Moriyama: Prints and Books from 1960s – 1980s (2016)

Exhibition: The Archive as Conversation, SIngapore International Photography Festival 2016.

Publication: Suddenly The Grass Became Greener (2016)

Residency: Artist in Resident, Exactly Foundation Singapore 2015 #03/20: Bay Of Dreams Photo Book (ISBN: 978-981-07-7797-5)

IPA Photo Books Show 2013

IPA Singapore Photo Books Day 2012

Group: Asian Street Photography Exhibition 2011, Angkor Photo Festival 2011, Cambodia.

Group: IPA Street Photography Asia Exhibition 2011, IPA Gallery Singapore.

Group: GE 2011: We Were There Photo Book (ISBN: 978-981-08-8976-0)

Interviews & Features:

The Business Times: Weekend Interview, 2nd Sep' 2017

Australia Plus: Kevin WY Lee: Bringing Asia into focus

Urbanautica: Suddenly The Grass Became Greener

TIME Lightbox: Behind Asia’s Photo Festival Boom

Fototazo: Editing with Kevin WY Lee:

Interview Feature on Photo Inter, China 2014:

TwentyFifteen Interview 03/20: Kevin WY Lee:

Discovery Channel Magazine August 2013: Take Me To The River

Hong Kong Press Photographers Association:
Interview Feature in Frontline Mag Volume 2

Leica Camera: Kevin WY Lee: The Invisible Photographer:

Straits Times: Through The Lens Spotlight (August 2011)

Feature Shoot: Q&A: Kevin WY Lee:

CNNGo: Invisible Photographer Asia:

Curation, Jury & Nomination

Jury, Young Portfolio Award: Invisible Photographer Asia Awards 2018

Jury, Curatorial Projects: Singapore International Photography Festival, 2018

Jury: WMA Masters Awards Hong Kong 2016–2018

Curator: RAW VIEW, 2017

Curator: Odesa// Batumi Photo Days Festival, Ukraine 2017

Curator: HK/SG Photobook Exchange, Singapore 2017

Nominator: First Draft, by THEBOOKSHOW 2017

Jury: Belfast Photo Festival 2017, United Kingdom

Curator: EPHEMERA, The Substation Singapore 2016

Portfolio Reviewer: Suwon Photo, South Korea 2016

Portfolio Reviewer: Photo Kathmandu Festival, Nepal 2016

Curator: PLOT by Caleb Ming, Esplanade Singapore 2016.

Portfolio Reviewer: MT. Rokko International Photo Festival, Japan 2016

Curation: Odesa// Batumi Photo Days Festival, Ukraine 2016

Jury: Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards 2015

Curation: Sajeev Photo Studio: A Decade of Portraiture in Little India 2015, Exhibition at Objectifs 

Curation: Hong Kong & Taiwan Showcase, Guest Curator at Angkor Photo Festival 2015

Curation: Asia Curator, PhotoQuai Biennale 2015

Curation: BlowUp at Angkor Photo Festival 2014

Curation: IPA Photobooks Show, Angkor Photo Festival 2014.

Jury: EyeEm Awards 2014

Curation: China-ASEAN International Photography Festival 2014, Nanning.

Curation: SE Asia Showcase, Xishuangbanna Foto Festival 2014, China.

Nominator: Prix Pictet Award

Nominator: Colorful Guizhou – 6th Photo China Original International Photographic Exhibition, China

Nominator: PLATFORM Ten

Jury: IPA Street Photography Contest

Jury: Hong Kong Photo Book Awards

Jury: KL International Photoawards

Jury: The Big Picture Contest by The New Paper

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