The Five Happinesses
Lee Grant


The Five Happinesses
Lee Grant
Jungle Books (Self-Published)


Hardcover (with silk embroidered cover)
88 pages
150 x 200 mm
ISBN 9780994200303


“According to traditional Chinese thought, the most important goals in life are the five happinesses – good luck, prosperity, longevity, happiness and wealth. These lie at the heart of all aspects of Chinese life and culture….”

In late 2013, Lee Grant was commissioned to spend three chilly weeks in Beijing. Her brief was to discover the city through the lens of her camera. Her arresting and at times lonely depictions of Beijing and its people present an insightful outsider’s view of a complex and challenging city, the results of which are poetically brought together in her second monograph The Five Happinesses.


About the Artist
Lee Grant is an Australian photographer who lives and works in Australia and Asia. She is best known for her exploration of migrant identity against the backdrop of Australian suburbia. Her often formal, colour-portraiture examines identity integration and inhabited landscapes.  As a Korean-Australian Lee’s work is in part autobiographical – a means of navigating and interpreting her own identity and heritage, as well as an instrument to inform and inspire broader audiences.

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