Lee is a graphic designer, artist and photographer working in and around the overlap of art and design, blending these disciplines to create work for arts, film, video games, fashion and music companies that include Sony, Capcom, Sega, EMI, Parlophone, Saatchi, and Artificial Eye.
Over the years, he has written, illustrated, and photographed for the magazines Paper-Sky, Dazed and Confused, Tokion, and Level and designed typefaces for T26 and Fountain fonts. Since 2000 he has exhibited both as a solo artist and collectively in England, Japan, USA, Germany, China and Ireland. His work has featured in numerous books and design journals, including; Creative Review, +81, 200% Cotton, The 3D Type Book, Cutting Edge Illustration, Concrete 2 Canvas and Graphic Britain.
In 2007 he was invited by UNIQLO to their Creative Awards ceremony in Japan where he received a Judges Choice Award and was more recently invited to take part in the Lightning Bolts + Innovation Art Show curated by Nike and debuting at the Beijing Olympics.
Lee is currently working on his first photography monograph, documenting the life on a horse farm in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido.
It has been a year since I heard the news of the devastating earthquake and tsunami on 3/11. Even from a country long accustomed to earthquakes, the news seemed quite serious, but as the day went, the Japanese Twitter feeds kept on getting more and more desperate. As the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, and power plants in other locations faced disaster of historic proportions, the dire news kept on rolling in. Over 20,000 people lost their lives that day, and over 200,000 thousand are still without homes. Today, a year later, what is most alarming is that over 50,000 people committed suicide last year in Japan, eclipsing the number of lost lives on 3/11.
Lee Basford took these photos a year ago in Japan. As IAM’s Generative Japan project continues to provide ways to bring creative opportunities in the midst of suffering in northern Japan, we remember 3/11 with these images.
— Makoto Fujimura.