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Leanne Staples

Leanne Staples is a photographer, artist and writer. Some of the genres she is currently involved in include urban landscape and street photography, highly manipulated photo-based art and various forms of mixed media art including pigment transfer.

She began her venture into photography at the age of 12 when her father gave her her first camera. Later on she got into street photography before she knew it existed. Leanne had originally started out in architectural photography. She attempted to take “pristine” photos of buildings without people. One day after losing patience with people walking into her shot she gave in to the situation and continued shooting buildings with people. She calls this a happy accident. She believes that art is always about experimenting, taking chances and making “mistakes.”

Leanne's photo life goes on won 2nd place in a street photography contest hosted by Oxford University Press. Dr. Hostetler (Curator-in-Charge at George Eastman House) explains that Leanne's photo is "An allusion to classic street photography, this photograph gives the viewer the sense of participating in the experience of the street alongside the photographer."

Leanne Studied English Literature and Communications at Concordia University in Montréal where she received her BA. She also studied Advanced Video Production at The School of Visual Arts in New York City and 16mm Film Production with Arnold Eagle at The New School in New York City. Once upon a time she had intended on becoming a Director of Photography, which she may still pursue one day.

Leanne is currently writing her first full length fiction book about the fall of New York City and artists, aliens and drag queens.

She teaches online classes in Composition and the Art of Photography. You can contact her for more information by email. As well, Leanne is a licensed New York City Photo Tour Guide. You can find more information at NYC photo tours. She is a Co-Founder of Shoot the Street with Joshua Evan and a Co-Founder of Women on Photography with Lisa Osta. Leanne is also a Pro Bono Photographer for Taproot and an Elite Contributor & Curator at Room the Agency.

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