Photographer Nikki S. Lee’s Triple Exposure

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Nikki S. Lee's Layers, Rome 1, 2, 3 (2007). Photo: Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

Photographer Nikki S. Lee’s black-and-white works (on view at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. through January 10) are far tamer than her usual color self-portraits that have her in some suggestive or just plain salacious pose, imitating an imagined character from different ethnic subcultures. Here, these lead-heavy photographs — indeed they are photographs of sketches Lee commissioned from street portraitists around the world — are very Jason Bourne, like artful head shots the CIA might use to locate a rogue secret agent. Is Lee planning on retiring soon?