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Famed Architectural Photographer Leland Y. Lee, 91: "My First Exhibition"

Leland Y. Lee, Architectural Photography, On View at Michael H. Lord Gallery, Palm Springs, CA, February 12 - March 12, 2010



LELAND Y. LEE, Elrod House, Palm Springs, 1969. Archival pigment print from Ektachrome transparency, 22" x 28"


Palm Springs, CA, February 01, 2010 /Photography News/ At 91, renowned architectural photographer Leland Y. Lee has an illustrious career spanning many decades. His photography has appeared in Architectural Digest, Home Magazine, House & Garden, Designers West and countless other publications. He also studied and worked with the icon of architectural photography, Julius Shulman, from 1953 to 1961. But despite his pedigree, he has never shown his work publicly in a significant Gallery Exhibition.

During Modernism Week in Palm Springs, his photography will be on view at the Michael H. Lord Gallery, and Lee will speak at a reception honoring his distinguished 70-year career on Thursday, February 18, from 7 until 9 pm. Modernism Week runs from February 12 through 21, and Lee's work will be showcased at the gallery from February 12 through March 12, 2010.

The Lee exhibition will highlight his vintage photography with a focus primarily on his 1968-1972 documentation of the architectural work of John Lautner, including the Elrod house in Palm Springs and the Silvertop house in Los Angeles. This exhibition coincides with the upcoming John Lautner Exhibition, "Between Earth and Heaven," at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Michael Lord met Leland Lee in 2009 and immediately realized who he was talking to. He offered Lee the opportunity for this exhibition, and suggested that it would be appropriate as "a headline event" during Palm Springs Modernism Week. Sam Heaton, director of the gallery, says "we were captivated with the images and very pleased that Mr. Lee's premiere showing would be held at our gallery."

The reception on the evening of February 18 is open to the public, as is the exhibition, which continues until March 12, 2010.

Established in 1978, the Michael H. Lord Gallery is located in the Palm Springs Uptown Design District at 1090 N. Palm Canyon Drive. Housed in an architecturally-significant building built in 1929 as the garage for the landmark El Mirador Hotel, the 6,000 square foot gallery showcases the finest in contemporary art. Please visit www.michaelhlordgallery.com for exhibition details.


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