Satchel Lee on the Beauty of Storytelling & Juneteenth

Satchel Lee is busy carving out her own lane. When the New York-based photographer isn’t snapping campaigns for Tory Burch and Official Rebrand or digital covers for Numéro magazine, she might be found in front of the camera for Rodarte or directing music videos for artists like Sofía Valdés. “I love telling stories and I love people,” says Lee, who follows in the footsteps of her trailblazing filmmaker father, Spike Lee and producer mother, Tonya Lewis Lee. 

  

“Within our community there is such an emphasis on representation, as we historically have not been able to tell our own stories in the mainstream,” says Lee. It’s one of the things that motivates her artistic and storytelling perspective. “I honor my African American culture by being myself,” she says. “For me, as a queer Black woman, it’s important to put my own perspective out in to the world to say, yes — Black people can also be this.” 

  

Ahead of Juneteenth, we caught up with Lee to talk about what the day represents for her, how she has honored it and her ancestors in the past, and how she’s celebrating this year.

“I felt like there wasn't a chance for me to express my pride, but now on Juneteenth we sit with this idea and consider who we are...”

“I'm excited that this is a holiday that is being recognized and celebrated more widely now”

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