Leslie Alsheimer, author of Black and White in Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop Lightroom, is an internationally published and award winning photographer and author. Leslie is most known for her deeper perspective essays addressing the human condition world-wide. Spanning editorial, fine art and documentary genres, her professional and personal work celebrates the beauty and splendor that can be found in humanity —regardless of circumstance. With images, she creates metaphors that honor the richness of life that accompany the enduring human spirit; celebrating life, play, family, culture and community through the joy, pain and love of everyday living.
Leslie’s work was most recently awarded a Photography Fellowship in Africa with SocialDocumentary.net and Management Sciences for Health (MSN), and also recognized by National Geographic with an International Photo Award, by UNICEF: Photos of the Year, by National Geographic Traveler with a Best Travel Pictures Meit Award, SocialDocumentary.net with The Art of Documentary Spotlight Award, and by FotoWeek DC with the Professional Journalism Award of Distinction. Her images have appeared in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, numerous publications including Black & White Magazine, PDN, National Geographic Traveler, NPR: The Picture Show, and featured in Photolucida's Critical Mass Top 50. (See awards for more details)
Leslie is available for assignments locally, nationally and internationally. Please contact her directly for rates and availability.
"I had the distinct pleasure of viewing Leslie's portfolio of photographs. What struck me about the body of work was a delicate sensitivity toward subject matter and composition that at times was new and exquisite. Though far away people and the human experience has compelled many photographers to document, I saw moments in her compositions that I had never before seen. This is the elusive "voice" of a particular artist, that which identifies Irving Penn or Cartier Bresson unmistakably. This is rare. " —Michelle Monroe, MONROE GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
We live in a news culture that presents the most tragic sound bites of world events, from one catastrophe to the next. Although necessary and powerful representations at times, the collective unbalanced negative imagery of the developing world has desensitized many of us to the problems they face.
Poverty is visible for all to see, but what is often more difficult is seeing individuals — the dignity, beauty splendor and hope that can be found in the human spirit — regardless of circumstance.
I try to convey that dignity and spirit of individuals and communities who are often misunderstood, negatively represented, or simply not represented in the traditional visual vocabulary.
Rising Stars Jurors' comments:
"She brings intense emotion to her work."
"Leslie's work is both moving and technically excellent. In many cases, her pictures
tell a story of suffering, but often in the same frame, a glimpse of hope shines through.'
"Her black and white images look outstanding, which shows that she has a great eye
for the technical side of making and editing pictures."