Location: Los Angeles
Shawn Nee has become a bit of a folk hero in the street photography world. In the past few years, he has been detained by the police more than once simply because he was doing what every street photographer does: taking pictures! In 2011, he was one of three photographers filing suit against the LAPD (with the assistance of the ACLU) after he was harassed and detained for taking pictures of the turnstiles on the Los Angeles Metro. But in true maverick style, Lee has not let his tussles with law enforcement affect his output. His candid portraits of LA's residents and tourists (and yes, even a few cops) are a perfect representation of the city at its most energetic.