By conservative estimates, there are currently enough wrongfully convicted people in prison in the United States to fill a football stadium.
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Zun Lee is a Toronto-based physician, photographer, and educator who currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. His photo on this month’s cover shows Jerell Willis crossing the Brooklyn Bridge with his son Fidel. The image is part of Father Figure, Lee’s project exploring African American fatherhood.
As Lee immersed himself in these families’ daily lives, he witnessed tender interactions that ran counter to stereotypes of black men as indifferent or absent fathers. Despite challenging financial and personal circumstances, the men Lee encountered were “loving, present, and responsible fathers,” he says, who worked hard to provide for and nurture their children.
Bedtime shenanigans with Carlos Richardson and his daughter Selah. Harlem, New York, August 2012.
Cover by Zun Lee
Jerell Willis, feeling overwhelmed, hides in his apartment’s bathroom. New York, New York, May 2013.
Jebron Felder and his son Jae’shaun at home. Harlem, New York, September 2011.
Guy Miller and his daughter Lanae at home during some rare downtime. Bronx, New York, December 2012.
A young father and his son (who didn’t give their names) waiting for the night bus near 125th St. and Lenox Ave. New York, New York, September 2011.
Jerell and Fidel Willis getting ready for bedtime. New York, New York, December 2013.
Guy Miller surveying the playground while bandaging his son Nijel’s injured arm. Harlem, New York, July 2013.
Anthony Francis and his daughter, Tena, fall asleep in front of the living-room television. Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, January 2012.