While reading the premier issue of the hot new Theme Magazine, I was reminded of the work from Korean photographer Nikki S. Lee. On the surface her work may seem like simple snapshots of various subcultures. In reality, each piece is comprised of extensive research and cultural assimilation. Prior to creating the photograph, in which she is always one of the subjects, Lee becomes an accepted member of the group she's exploring. Over the last 10 years she has been a tourist, senior citizen, Ohioan, hispanic, school girl, exotic dancer, skater, hip hop chic and a member of the bourgeoisie.
Check out her book, Projects.