Zun Lee’s powerful photo series, “Father Figure,” offers a striking and intimate view of black fatherhood in America.
Jerell’s right arm has a tattoo depicting himself as his son’s guardian angel.
“I got the tattoo when I won custody of Fidel,” says Jerell. “The tattoo is a reminder of my duty to protect him.”
Parenting is no easy task — feeling overwhelmed, Jerell is forced to place his son in time-out.
Later in the evening, they get ready for bedtime.
Zun continues, “It shows these men not as deadbeats but as empowered agents in their own lives, as capable parents, and above all as loving, wholesome human beings.”
It’s hard for father Carlos Richardson to avoid bedtime shenanigans with his daughter Selah in Harlem, New York.
Together, they take the time to visit an aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia.