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.
Photos of ChicagoEye (2)
- Chicago 40,414 photos, 1,720 members
- Then and Now 9,785 photos, 578 members
- Chicago Police ~ The Very Finest 2,173 photos, 236 members
- Black Style 727 photos, 201 members
- Let Me See YOUR Downtown 1,274 photos, 100 members
- Beauty 2Love 510 photos, 93 members
- US Route 12 1,299 photos, 184 members
- Retro Menswear (1950s - 1980s) 918 photos, 217 members
- Illinois National Register of Historic Places 2,055 photos, 91 members
- I Left My Heart In San Francisco 353 photos, 18 members
- The Curator's Choice 847 photos, 145 members
- Bald Black Men 210 photos, 167 members
- The Gap Band 5 photos, 22 members
- Mayors' Institute on City Design 3,512 photos, 7 members
- Shutter Brothas 246 photos, 19 members
- Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers (CAAAP) 347 photos, 59 members
- Female Photographers and Artists of African and Aboriginal Desce 463 photos, 26 members
- rear window 55 photos, 89 members
- The Bungalow, Chicago-style 417 photos, 107 members
- That's Nubilicious! (Invited photos only) 323 photos, 99 members
- nighthawks 329,363 photos, 19,905 members
- Vintage Shoes 2,449 photos, 570 members
- Urbanists Field Guide of Chicago 6,825 photos, 221 members
- Sara Facette, check her out! 2 photos, 40 members
- Grand Rapids, Michigan 81,820 photos, 1,697 members
- Man Ray 14,603 photos, 4,315 members
- Vanishing Chicago 2,552 photos, 165 members
- Great Photography, in Marc's opinion 237 photos, 1,115 members
- African American Photographers 34,902 photos, 1,319 members
- Chicago Alleys, Gangways, & Fire Escapes 2,370 photos, 242 members
- Man Ray Gallery 1 photo, 3,247 members
- Lustron: The House America's Been Waiting For! 566 photos, 130 members
- gossamer glimpse 2,037 photos, 503 members
- Asian Female Beauty 74,866 photos, 8,627 members
- Vanishing Beauty - Please read the group description! 79,364 photos, 11,442 members
- Pretty Pampered 67 photos, 44 members
- Passionately Pink for the Cure 65,737 photos, 13,042 members
- 20th Century Black History 2,047 photos, 488 members
- Chicago Soul [black people in the chi] 1,019 photos, 92 members
- Headwraps 122 photos, 145 members
- B&W Chicago 15,539 photos, 720 members
- Top 20 Architectural Photos 21 photos, 659 members
- eyewash design 9,985 photos, 993 members
- Men photographing Women 1,132 photos, 101 members
- Fine Black Men 2,957 photos, 726 members
- I Love Old Schools! 9,969 photos, 620 members
- Camera Face 105 photos, 57 members
- Ugly Duckling 12 photos, 28 members
- blueair.tv 96 photos, 307 members
- JaZZ & Blues 13,751 photos, 660 members
"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
November 21st, 2007
"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
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
"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
Lucky in Love says:
"ChicagoEye is one of the best.
The rest of you wish you were this good."
January 27th, 2007
"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
"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
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
"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
"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
"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
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
"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
"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
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
"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
"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
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
"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
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
"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
"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
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
"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
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
B I R D says:
Like ripples of jazz
Caught mid stanza
His charcoal sketches
Be lie insight
Clicking off pieces of the truth
Perfectly placed moments
Portraits of a city
In all its breathing-ness
Tell the truth
Deep bellows of laughter
Spill out unarmed
From the hollow
home of the wind
A man in control of his city
Sharp eye sharp wit
Light finger on the shutter
Like caps echoing off
And elevated expectations
Cracked Black Stone pavement
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
FREDERICK DOUGLASS PERRY"
June 28th, 2005
Vermont Ferret says:
"I second that emotion! Chicago Man does have a great eye. Every single photo is a gem."
June 10th, 2005
"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
- March 2005
- Chicago, U.S. of A
- I am:
- Male and Single
- The Urban Observer