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Darren C Miller says:
"I have only recently discovered Lee's work here on flickr and have been truly astounded by his imagery. This is the work of an artist in the purest form and one who will be admired as one of the greats in time to come.
No doubt, his artistic portrayal of the human soul and emotion is at the top of the league and flickr is privileged to have his works displayed on here.
By sharing his work, LJ is both captivating an immense audience and inspiring generations of aspiring photographers, me included.
If there was ever a book waiting to be published, here is all the ingredient to fill many, many pages of a rare and gifted artist 's contribution to the depths of the human soul. Long may he continue.
Darren Miller ACO/GBCT"
6th February, 2013
"Le molteplici, individuali storie che ci racconta LJ., attraverso i suoi personaggi, in genere, compressi dentro vite difficili, complesse, per lo più, sconosciute, si condensano in un unico concetto: dignità. I ritratti di LJ. sono del colore dei personaggi che ritrae: un'infinità di sfumature di grigio. Esattamente della variegata molteplicità di eventi che hanno reso i suoi personaggi quello che sono. Ma perché parlo di dignità? Provo a spiegarmi. Come dicevo i soggetti di LJ. sono, per lo più, homless, persone, quindi, che hanno operato scelte, non sempre completamente autonome, di vita, diciamo estrema, marginale. Sicuramente complicata, rischiosa, quasi mai assistita. Quella vita, fa di queste persone, ai nostri occhi, persone diverse. E quando siamo dentro una forma mentale più radicale, arriviamo a dire che fanno una vita deprecabile. Che sono indegni di essere parte della nostra società. LJ. non pensa questo. Non ritrae la povertà, la difficoltà, l'inadeguatezza, la debolezza, come farebbe un qualsiasi fotografo di street che, di solito si sofferma su l'esteriorità di una delle condizioni umane LJ, fa un'operazione culturale più profonda, più…conoscitiva: indaga la storia racchiusa nel soggetto e la restituisce dentro il ritratto fotografico. A volte dentro uno sguardo, un gesto, una semplificazione di atteggiamento o attraverso l'azione che condiziona ma palesa. trovo i ritratti di LJ. di una dignità meravigliosa e i soggetti che ritrae di una bellezza esteriore e interiore sconvolgenti. Ma LJ. fa anche un'operazione fotografica servendosi di una tecnica ineccepibile, illuminandoli della luce che non può essere un'altra, inquadrandoli con l'ottica che da carattere e significato al soggetto. Ecco, con quest'ultima, semplice eppure complessa applicazione di un sapere, LJ. restituisce al soggetto, alla sua storia, "DIGNITÀ"."
29th October, 2012
"no words needed...when your work speaks for yourself."
13th May, 2012
Christine Lebrasseur says:
"Pour moi les portraits aux noirs profonds et aux détails sublimés de Lee sont la quintessence de ce que l'on peut accomplir en la matière. Pas de peau lissée à l'extrême mais du grain, pas de léger flou mais de la texture naturelle et juste ce qu'il faut de lumière pour... voir sans être vu. Lorsque je regarde l'un de ses portraits j'ai toujours l'impression de pénétrer l'intimité du modèle, voila ce que j'aime (en très résumé et en français) chez Lee Jeffries."
16th February, 2012
Dave Gorman says:
"Beautiful, uncompromising portrait work. Fantastic."
9th January, 2012
"The perfection of the imperfection.
14th November, 2011
ale neri says:
"L.J. is one of my favourite photographers, every upload is a new emotion. his stream is a stunning serie of portrait."
19th July, 2011
"Lee deserves a poem, If I was a poet I'd certainly write one...Or if I was an English I'd "produce" at least some fluent testimonial for him. I can only say that there is the one of the most beautiful and touching Portrait Gallery I've ever seen. Here. on Flickr. And it's his."
11th July, 2011
✪ patric shaw says:
"Lee, you are a poet of life, your images never fail to amaze me.your stream is where I go for inspiration"
29th May, 2011
"If you ever need to win back your love for photography, this is the place! thank you!!!!!"
5th May, 2011
"LJ.has a great artistic eye ！
25th April, 2011
"How to describe LJ, trying to be not banal? .. he's a fantastic artist, a very sensitive person and a really nice flickr-friend. His pics show how deep is his personality and his attention to others feelings.
12th February, 2011
2k Photography says:
"Your photos move people, Lee.
They are so phenomenal in their being that watching your work is like watching the "Most moving portraits in history" stream on the NGC. :)
The best in life for you, mate!
26th November, 2010
Aleeka dreams says:
"Your work never ceases to amaze me, Lee!
Every one breathtaking and so moving! You are the ultimate portrait photographer!"
15th September, 2010
14th July, 2010
Helen Warner (airgarten) says:
"Always astonished, always intrigued by your portraits. They manage to show a glimpse of a story, a slice of a life...you have that rare gift of capturing the souls. I sincerely hope that these beautiful close ups will be immortalized in a fabulous book very soon! Let me know, it will be a priority on my list!"
30th June, 2010
: : EscapeToLight : : says:
"The best work I have seen. So honest, pure, and motivating."
7th June, 2010
"MASTER OF FEELINGS
LEE IS NOT ONLY A GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER:
HE HAS "THE GIFT""
1st May, 2010
▲Billy Plummer says:
if you don't want incredible, painterly, haunting street portraiture seared into your memory, don't look at L.J.s stream.
Spellbinding and unforgetable and inspiring.
EASILY one of the best street portrait artists there is (or at least that I've seen) not just on flickr. Anywhere.
An epic stream."
18th March, 2010
""LJ. makes that intimate connection which is the essence of street photography""
25th January, 2010
Antoine Chaze says:
"A humanist, poetic, gifted photographer.
LJ's work is a great inspiration's source."
25th November, 2009
"The Mozart of photography- profound, passionate and takes you away to a different place with every passing moment.
Thank you LJ!"
14th November, 2009
Sophie Rata says:
"I recon, you won't notice comments anymore, since you get so much of them :-)
All well deserved, because you are one of the greatest portrait artists around.
U've got the winning combination: Impecable techniques and an indisputable eye for all beauty, even in the most horrific sceneries.
And you must be a perfectionist! :-)
Greetings from Belgium!"
26th August, 2009
† Jack Davison says:
" Lee is a brilliant man, and his work is a testament to the artistry of his photos. The relationship he has with his subjects is compelling and unrivaled on flickr.
A gentleman genius.
23rd July, 2009
"Lee is absolutely such an amazing and inspiring contact, flickr is so lucky to have him as an artist. He inspire every one around with his piece of arts. I like his whole art mostly the emotive ones. he make great concepts I've ever seen my whole life. He also have the vision that he puts into his works. There's nobody else on flickr who makes me speechless with every single photo. and I'm not even sure if my testimonial make any sense cause i'm so speechless when i want to talk about someone like him. I can only wish to be as good as he is one day. A forever inspiration :)
Best of luck man
2nd July, 2009
"Un maestro y un referente a seguir. Me encanta su obra. Un abrazo."
25th June, 2009
massimo sbreni says:
"Lee is totally inspiring! I wait with bated breath for his uploads, always wondering what he'll come up with next! go check out his stream, you're bound to wanna go and try something new after you've wandered through his masterpieces!""
9th June, 2009
"Once in a great while, an image comes along that stops you in your tracks and makes your heart flutter a little faster, your eyes widen, and you notice that you just "gasped" at the very sight of you just saw. This is what happened the first time I saw one of LJ's pictures. True story!
As one of my favorite photographers on Flickr...or anywhere, he never disappoints me. You can learn lighting, you can learn how to process a photo.....and you can even nail the technical stuff, but very few can show us emotion the way that he does. Very few can capture a moment so perfectly....and he keeps you thinking about that moment for days to come.....even months.
There isn't a single picture that he posts that doesn't leave me shaking my head....one day he's gonna teach me everything he knows! No matter how heartbreaking and "real" some of his images are, Lee always shows so much love and compassion through his photos. Thank you for that Lee....xoxox, K"
16th March, 2009
"again and again i have to come back to discover the depth of this passionate and artistic work"
15th March, 2009
SkyShaper ... says:
"He makes that intimate connection which is the essence of street photography"
5th February, 2009
"I do not know of any other photographer who is able to capture the world in such a tremendous fashion as Lee demonstrates with his work. His compositions evoke the most meaningful and devastatingly real of emotions. It is difficult to find the words to describe the magnitude of his talent, and it is a great pleasure to watch the progression of his art. I am very honored to be one of his contacts."
23rd January, 2009
"I've been trying to write a testimonial about Lee for months now. I can't seem to find words meaningful enough to describe the impact his photography has on me. You can get lost for hours on this stream and I promise you it will make you feel. Lee's ability to connect with his subjects and capture them with intimacy and respect is unparalleled. ~Kat"
23rd January, 2009
"No word is rather right to say the moving in front of Lee's photos.... He's my favourite photographer on Flickr ! No day spends without his images disturb me, move me, inspire me enthusiam, thought or emotion !"
27th December, 2008
"Always profound! LJ's street images strike a chord of fear in my right brain and a chord of compassion in the left. Hopefully you can find a balance and take an opportunity to help make a difference as he does!"
19th December, 2008
"A faultless technician in producing the highest quality of image, B&W and colour, composition and lighting,Lee has a command of these which is very hard to surpass. The portrait work shows the other side to a photographer, that of understanding his subject and communicating that interest to the world and it is this that he does extraordinarily well. His images are immediately affecting, showing a very high level of sensitivity and compassion and a vitality which is genuinely infectious.
A truly top drawer photographer, inspiring and generous and producing some astonishing works."
10th November, 2008
Alexandre Bertin says:
"Is it useful to write a testimonial about Lee's work ? i am not sure as his talent is an evidence for everyone looking at his portfolio ...
Lee is one of those who are able to make you cry by only showing you the reality of the homeless ... and he makes me cry very often ..."
10th November, 2008
Tiagø Ribeiro says:
"LJ is one of the best photographers in flickr. His style is very powerful and his photo stream is addictive!"
25th October, 2008
"The magician of portraits."
21st October, 2008
*Peanut (Lauren) says:
"Lee is one of my favorite photographers on flickr. His images evoke such raw emotions and depth that it is difficult not to be drawn in. He shows you a world that has been ignored and I am so thankful to him for sharing these stories that are at times difficult to look at.
Above all, he is one of the most generous people on flickr who has a HUGE heart. He's a class act, and flickr and I are better for knowing him. I'm truly honored to call you a friend.
8th October, 2008
"The best urban photographer on flickr =)"
3rd October, 2008
u n c o m m o n says:
"The best street photography on flickr!"
30th September, 2008
"Well, I am so honored to have found Lee.
I just recently did, through a mutual contact and he has become an inspiration to me. It is so good to see that there are people in this world that truely care for those that are less fortunate.
Besides the fact that he is talented, one of the most talented I have ever seen. Getting down on the level of the subject, absolutely takes my breath away.
Lee, I just viewed your website, and as I sit here and wipe my tears, I am in awe of you. You are an amazing person, an amazing talent and an amazing man. Beautiful work and such an inspiration.
From the bottom of my heart. xoxo"
20th August, 2008
Gavin Murphy says:
"An incredible street photographer, I got lost in his images for a few hours and was moved by how well he captures the subject.
Another amazing FlickR talent!"
20th August, 2008
"Lee, the man who gives me cramps from clicking on pink stars and who had me fallen in love with an image now sitting proudly on my wall. Everything has been said so I will stop here. He is the best photographer on Flickr."
2nd August, 2008
"Check out LJ's website! It's very inspiring and it's a real treat!
"What I've done", the song remade by Marie Digby, who I really like, fits the whole collection. I mean seriously... Everyone's gotta see this! It's like watching a movie for free.
Great work LJ!"
30th July, 2008
Atru (Amanda) says:
"Lee is magic, a true artist. His images evoke a different kind of emotion, sometimes sadness, sometimes helplessness; happiness. His work is amazing. His generosity above and beyond. What a wonderful friend.
30th July, 2008
"Every single photo that Lee post is a masterpiece. He gets out there and puts his best foot forward, and take photos that are out of this world. Plus, he's a really nice and caring person. I wish you good luck and keep up the awesome work!"
27th July, 2008
lorenzo cuppini verducci says:
"First to be a great photographer is a great Man, and I say it discovering his pictures everyday.
The way he captures people's life, by the disadvantaged life conditions to the happiest moments that we can or not meet during an entire existence it is priceless.
Lee captures expressions, peoples and lives, istants and emotions in one of the most sincere and elevated way you can never meet, you are on flickr or anywhere else. He can gift infinite smiles, even you would not have found sadness and hardship.
Thank you so much Lee, you distill Hope and your Masterpieces are really inspiring!"
16th July, 2008
"If I make "A Beautiful Mind" on photography, Lee has to be my hero. The movie will have just his photographs, and it will be a silent movie."
15th July, 2008
"What can I say about Lee? Well, his is one of the first and last streams I visit when I log on to flickr. He is so seriously talented and his stream is nothing less than spectacular.
Photography is all about evoking emotion and his portraits of the homeless are pretty profound. They most certainly leave me with some pretty strong emotions and I often think of his photographs long after I've left his stream.
Not only is Lee a really talented photographer, Lee is a really wonderful, caring person who always has time for a chat. I love seeing his take on life and have to say I'm the first one in line for the book. :)"
15th July, 2008
"LJ is hands down the best portrait artist I have scene here on Flickr... and has to hold a record for the amount of photos that have made Explore's front page. His B&W portraits capture the soul of his subjects. I feel as if I am staring into the eyes of the people he captures in his work. His mateial is inspiring. If I could have the amount of talent he has in his pinky finger I would be proud. I am honored to call him a contact and appreciate every visit he makes to my photostream."
12th July, 2008
""I love his photographies! I think his portraits are the most beautiful that I have seen.""
5th July, 2008
"You give of yourself not only artistically through your photos and talent, but you've also given your heart to the children that LOVE works with as well. Thank you Lee from my children's hearts and mine... for believing in us and our dreams...for the opportunities that you give them with your generosity and support. Writing this simple testimonial is the best that I can do for your kindness....and I 'm truly honored to call you friend and to have your images to inspire my work.
3rd July, 2008
"YOU are ABSOLUTELY the BEST!!!"
20th June, 2008
"Did anyone tell you that you are real rare treasure Lee? Beautiful mind, Wonderful heart, Fantastic talent!"
29th May, 2008
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26th May, 2008
Dom 0815 says:
"If 'Great Vision' ever gets bottled, the labels will have LJ's signature on 'em....
What's not to love? Technically sound images that transpire a deeper message in every one of them: every image in this photo-stream could be found in a vast variety of magazines. It's poetic and inspiring what this guy does. I hope we'll see more of it. Much more."
24th May, 2008
"L.J. has to be one of my favourite contacts and artists here in Flickr. I remember stumbling upon his page after seeing a few of his early car shots in Explore.
The more his work was recognised, the better his shots got. Lee's ability has accelerated like no other artist I know.
He has such an ability to capture raw emotion. His recent marathon and homeless studies are incredible and so touching.
24th May, 2008
john edward says:
"LJ is why photography will stay a powerful medium of expression despite the youtube invasion and whatever else emerges from the horizon.
Whatever he shoots you can be sure it will tug your heart strings as Mozart and Van Gough.
A glimpse of his imagery will rob you of any other thought but the unfolding story his photographs convey and then for a moment the visual poetry takes your breath away...."
13th May, 2008
"It is an honour to be able to experience the gift that Lee shares with us on Flickr!
The love for his Daughter,his passion for his sport,creativity,and a wonderful talent with the camera!
His work is not seen by enough people,and deserves so much more recognition than he has.
I feel inspired to pick up my camera everytime i see Lee has posted another great shot,and i am sure you will be too!!
Be sure you take the time to appreciated his gift and write a comment or two:-)"
30th April, 2008
"I feel honoured (and surprised) to be Lee's first testimonial writer...
I've never met Lee, never spoken to Lee — other than to exchange a few Flickr mails — and wouldn't know Lee if I bumped into him on the streets of London. What I do know of Lee is that he is a storyteller in photographer's clothing. He has that rare ability to tell a story in each of his photos. He doesn't simply capture a moment in time, like most of us do with the press of the shutter; he captures the emotion, the spirit and the drama of that instant. I've had the pleasure to have worked with some amazing photojournalists and LJ's work is easily in the same league.
Lee clearly has many admirers of his work here on Flickr. My personal feeling is that this work needs and deserves to be seen by many more outside the Flickr community and I encourage LJ to publish and exhibit his photography. Images this powerful beg for a larger audience.
LJ, whether you have any interest in making a living with your work, I don't know, but I do know that your gifted skills make that a definite possibility. Thanks for sharing your incredible gift."
1st May, 2008
- October 2007
- lee.jeffries [at] btinternet.com