Chicago born and bred... digs cities, movies, Old School Funk/Neo Soul/Hip Hop, jazz...Most importantly: Father of three beautiful daughters.
One more thing: I'll block ya---I'll block ya good--if you fave my pix, but have none of your own to show. And if your stream consists of screen grabs of other people's work, I'll block ya good there, too. Otherwise, enjoy.

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  • An Eye on Chicago by in2jazz

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    katmusic2001 says:

    "Hoo to the ray! It's Lee Bey!

    Didn't I used to glance at your architecture column in some Chicago newspaper or magazine some time back?

    Love the snaps!"

    June 26th, 2008

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    hekter says:

    "AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    November 21st, 2007

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    Tanguera69 says:

    "Lee is a treasure-as a person, as an artist, and as an architect. I'm proud to have met him, and appreciate what I learn about life, art, and myself every time I visit his stream."

    March 27th, 2007

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    feliz paloma says:

    "Lee has a fantastic eye, and brings a gifted intelligence to his photography. As an architect I very much appreciate his insight and curious nature. And he's a great guide to the architecture of Chicago. The two hours we spent with him walking around downtown was like a whole term in a university class! Someday he will get a medal or the key to the city I predict, for all the love and care he brings to the built environment. He also has an eye for the beautiful in many other ways as well! ;-)"

    February 14th, 2007

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    Darren | says:

    "This guy inspires me! He's taken so many wonderful photographs and captured our city in his own unique way. Through his lens we all experience Chicago... the good and the grubby, but all of it wonderful and rich. Thank you for sharing with us ChicagoEye!"

    February 1st, 2007

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    Lucky in Love says:

    "ChicagoEye is one of the best.
    The rest of you wish you were this good."

    January 27th, 2007

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    bijouxdejais says:

    "Lee Bey was one of my first flickr friends, and his photos never fail to inspire me to hone my skills as an amateur photographer. He documents Chicago life in a way that makes me proud to be a native Chicagoan, and on top of it all he is a cool individual. Big ups to you, Lee!"

    January 19th, 2007

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    BigGuy1611 says:

    "What kind I say about the man, his work is nothing more than pure art in each any every shot. The story in every one is amazing!! Thank you my friend for sharing your work."

    October 7th, 2006

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    Shawn's Pics says:

    "I have been a member of Flickr since the beginning of '06 and while exploring some of the membership I immediately fell in love with Lee's shots. When I am online and viewing Flickr, I am always taken back by the shots that Lee has taken in the Chicago area. He has mastered the urban setting from buildings to the people of the urban center. There is something to be said about humanity and I believe that Lee's pictures say just that. It has often been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. I think I could write a book on ChicagoEye's pictures. Keep inspiring!!!"

    September 7th, 2006

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    bindifry says:

    "lee is my favorite local photographer. i adore his black & white people photographs. you can see how much he loves chicago, it's people & culture, which makes me very proud to be from this amazing city! thanks, lee, for showing our world through your chicagoeye!"

    August 9th, 2006

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    Dreamer.~ says:

    "What can I say about Lee that hasn't already been said? He is a mighty GREAT photographer, family man, resource person, promoter, supporter... His outlook on life shines through every photo he posts here. It's great to be surrounded by so many positive people on this site. He is definitely one who shines his light, shares his energy and is a great contributor to this site and the world~"

    August 5th, 2006

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    slim8768 says:

    "My context for Lee is as a fellow writer and fellow amateur Chicago historian, as well as a cultural and architectural critic and all around good guy. I was already completely impressed with him in all those roles and to now find out that he is an amazing photographer too? Is there nothing this man can't do, and do extremely well?"

    May 11th, 2006

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    Velvet G says:

    "I'm not sure what I can add that hasn't already been said. Lee is definitely an inspiration to me and as we came to know each other a little better, I learned we share a love of BW photography.

    He has some of the most inspiring photos on Flickr and through him, I feel as though I know his hometown as a native would. He has a gift for showing 'real people' the people we see everyday, the ones we might just past right by without noticing.

    I think that's the sign of one gifted with the sight and I'm glad he allows the rest of us to live vicariously through him.

    Lee is inspirational and the nice thing about getting to know him has been learning that no matter how much fame he's attained or how many people know his name, he's amazingly down to earth.

    Thanks for sharing. You give the rest of us something to shoot for."

    May 9th, 2006

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    Videoal says:

    "Lee, you are extremely gifted and your photographic work has mentored me since coming on as a newbie to Flickr in January 2006. I feel as though I know you personally through your work and from your comments. Thanks for being my 'Chicago Eye'."

    April 28th, 2006

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    danakin says:

    "One of the absolute best photographers on Flickr. His work will take you to a million different times and places, and will always show you how lovely and diverse life can be."

    April 25th, 2006

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    Tracy Clayton says:

    "ChiEye captures the true essence of Chicago. I'd never been to Chicago until this past January. I've been of fan of this mans work for sometime and it felt like I'd been to the Windy City many times before. He's a true ambassador for the city Chicago."

    April 4th, 2006

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    KevinEdge says:

    "A Chicago son, a Chicago wealth of knowledge, ChicagoEye.
    ChicagoEyes images capture and depict a great variety of life, history, people and real world being in "da great city uf Chicaga". I enjoy seeing new takes on places and people ALL over the city and surrounding areas that ChicagoEye has a unique way of capturing. Check out his huge variety of images and you'll get a deeper feeling of what living and enjoying life in Chicago is about."

    March 28th, 2006

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    Joanie-21 says:

    "ChicagoEye is more like an eye on the world, or a peek into the soul. His work speaks volumes and constantly amazes me.

    Ah, to be closer and to be able to work at the feet of the truly gifted."

    March 27th, 2006

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    Richelle Ludwick says:

    "ChicagoEye's photography caught my attention and refused to let it go. His photos capture raw beautiful lives, and make me nostalgic for the days I lived in the U.S. of A."

    December 6th, 2005

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    mikeyfreedom says:

    "Chicago's(all seeing)Eye, has made me mark many of his photos as favourites which few have been able to do consequtively! ~ whilst some peoples photos balance between staged, pretencious or commercial sensibilities, ChicagoEye's images are real, the stage is the street and this man has recorded the everyday and everyone of his environment, the simple, but albeit important aspects to life we either ignore , love or hate!~ a great encourager to many in flickrdom and an endless source of wisdom and humility, what would flickr be wihout the EYE of Chicago!"

    November 11th, 2005

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    bryan campen says:

    "The photographic Studs Terkel. A gorgeous, unassuming visual document of Chicago at the turn of our millenium. Years from now his work will still be remembered by many of us."

    October 4th, 2005

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    corydalus says:

    "Lee is one of the two people on Flicker whose photographs I look forward to so much, when new ones appear, I go there before anything else (including comments on my own!). His love for Chicago and its people are obvious and he has an uncanny knack for capturing the private details in public moments."

    September 29th, 2005

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    in2jazz says:

    "If ever I need a serious "Taste of Chicago", I have no further to look than ChicagoEye. You are amazing, spontaneous, creative, and very knowledgable. We never know what to expect from you next but we always know it is going to be good."

    September 1st, 2005

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    Lauren Kennedy-Voves says:

    "Lee, you are a fantastic photographer.
    I am in awe when I look at your photography.When they are of family there is such LOVE,and beauty.
    When they are of strangers I feel as if I am there.Watching the people walk by.It takes confidence and a strong eye to see what Chicago eye see's.
    You should have a book!
    Thankyou for everything:)"

    August 6th, 2005

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    Stony2Broadway says:

    "I'm new to the fam, but I have been looking at ChicagoEye's photos for a minute. His work inspired me to get back into taking pictures. The b&w shots of our beloved Chicago & his family are excellent. It is most definetly a pleasure to view his work! I also love the set of the old school album covers...I myself am a "FUNKATEER" so I can really appreciate those. Keep it up!!!"

    July 21st, 2005

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    jon madison says:

    "This man has inspired me greatly in getting out there (there! in the streets!) and taking pictures! when i'm out there, i definitely have him in mind.

    his eye for black folk is amazing, and surely has been beneficial and enlightening to any who's been able to peruse his shots.

    it's a pleasure to be able to spend (a chunk of!) time peoplewatching through Lee's eyes.

    ...and his retrospectives on music and advertising are original and classic!

    he reps chicago very well through his pix."

    July 17th, 2005

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    B I R D says:


    Like ripples of jazz
    Caught mid stanza
    His charcoal sketches
    Be lie insight
    Clicking off pieces of the truth
    Yes sir
    Perfectly placed moments
    Portraits of a city
    In all its breathing-ness
    Deacon says
    Tell the truth
    Deep bellows of laughter
    Spill out unarmed
    And unthreatening
    From the hollow
    home of the wind
    A man in control of his city
    Sharp eye sharp wit
    Bust'n words
    Light finger on the shutter
    It Clicks
    Like caps echoing off
    Deadlocked doorsteps
    Southside stoops
    And elevated expectations
    Cracked Black Stone pavement
    Past plausible
    Dangerous moments
    That tells us
    We are all one people
    Nothing to be afraid of
    Come on in
    And the drums transform
    into hip hop rhythm
    Lay’n track for Chi-town
    Gut bucket blues
    On the one



    June 28th, 2005

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    Vermont Ferret says:

    "I second that emotion! Chicago Man does have a great eye. Every single photo is a gem."

    June 10th, 2005

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    SteveFE says:

    "I've been meaning to write this for a while.
    ChicagoEye has a great eye, most especially for candid street life shots that make me feel like I'm there, but also for his warm and sincere family pictures which are often accompanied by laugh-out-loud comments.
    Always interesting, often fun, and over-modest (extemely amateur photographer indeedy! Change that profile sir!)

    PS added June2005 - you have to check out the vintage ads and funk album sleeves collection. People of a certain age will appreciate their past being brought back with such love and good humour, while youngsters will just shake their heads and chuckle at how uncool their parents must have been ;-)"

    June 3rd, 2005

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