November 17, 2016 7:00 AM EST

To celebrate the launch of TIME’s new multimedia project – 100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time – we asked leaders in a number of fields, from technology to the arts to business, to share the single photograph that most influenced their lives. Purchase the 100 Photographs book now.

The picture says it all.

Spike Lee is an acclaimed film director, producer, writer and actor.

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