Born in Singapore, graduated from Tokyo School of Visual Arts.
Leslie Kee is one of the most internationally renowned fashion, art and celebrity photographer and film director.
Based in Tokyo since 1993 and travelled frequently to work in Paris, New York, Shanghai and other Asia regions, working on his lifework in art, fashion and advertisement, and directing short films, music promotional videos and commercials.
The creative breadth of his work in art and photography also saw him creating album covers for pop stars such as Pharrell Williams, Beyonce, Swing Out Sister, Ayumi Hamasaki, Yumi Matsutoya, Smap, Faye Wong, Wang LeeHom, BigBang, Nathan Hartono, as well as photographed key cultural icons such as Madonna, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Yoko Ono, Takeshi Kitano, Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Steve Tyler and Karl Lagerfeld.
In 2006, as a charity effort for the Sumatra Tsunami survivors, Kee photographed 300 celebrities in Asia and published the big coffee table photobook "SUPER STARS" and donated all the profits to the family of the victims.
In 2011, he received the 40th Japan Advertising Photographer’s Association – Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (APA–METI) Minister’s Award for his Great Eastern Japan Earthquake charity photo collection titled "TIFFANY supports LOVE & HOPE by LESLIE KEE” featuring 200 supermodels and women celebrities from 30 different countries.
Since 2003 till today, he has self-published more than 100 titles of “SUPER” art and fashion magazine series which collaborated with top artist like Lady Gaga, and famous fashion labels like Anna Sui, Vivienne Tam, DSqaured, Armani, Anteprima, Lacoste etc. He has currently held more then 100 photo exhibitions and done more than 200 talkshows in different parts of the world.
Kee has been assigned as the the contributing fashion photographer for VOGUE TAIWAN publications in which he contributes 10 pages of fashion editorials every month since 1999 for almost 18 years.
Kee has also directed and photographed for many global brands in their publicity commercials and campaigns, including H&M, Gap, Uniqlo, Esprit, Tiffany, Shiseido, Revlon, Kose, Kanebo, SKII, Adidas, Levis, Rakuten, Softbank, NTT, Isetan, Canon, Panasonic, Lexus, Coca-Cola and Kirin.
In 2014, Kee has been invited to be the main guest speaker for TED TALK held in Tokyo.
He is well known as the official film director and photographer for creating the main visuals and short films featuring both homme and femme collections of Yohji Yamamoto.
Kee’s first short film as a film director, "THE INDEPENDENTS” , was nominated for the 2015 ASVOFF Fashion Film Competition held in Paris and received the Beauty Prize Award.
He also collaborated with fashion label GAP for a LGBT coming out project called “OUT IN JAPAN” where he took 2 years to photograph 1500 portraits of LGBT people residing in Japan. The “OUT IN JAPAN” project were selected as Recommended Works by the Jury of the 19th Japan Cultural Affairs Media Arts Festival Entertainment Division.
Kee is an enthusiastic promoter of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), collaborating with the United Nations Information Centre in Tokyo in its ongoing outreach efforts. He has also directed the official promotional clip "Boogie Woogie Love Train” , as the theme song for the SDGs.
In 2016, Kee has been assigned by NHK as the official photographer and film director for a 4 years project titled "TO 2020 PORTRAIT MESSAGES by LESLIE KEE”, to support Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which also aims to share the dreams and goals of the people in Japan as they strive towards a better future.
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