Lee’s monograph is at once documentary photography and personal visual storytelling. Through intimate black-and-white frames, Father Figure provides insight into often-overlooked aspects of African-descended family life. The reader gains an intimate view into the daily lives of black men whom Lee has worked with and who are parenting under a variety of circumstances - as married fathers, single fathers, social fathers, young and older, middle class and poorer. Lee brings into focus what pervasive father absence stereotypes have distorted - real fathers who are involved in their children’s lives. Men who may not be perfect but are not media caricatures.