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Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation

Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation

The Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation helps fund important endeavors promoting photographic education and documentary photography across the United States. Its goal is to raise awareness of and appreciation for the field of photography as well as the photographers themselves. The Foundation has helped to fund projects and programs at dozens of nonprofit institutions over the years and takes pride in its hands-on approach and the relationships it has fostered.

https://www.leonianfoundation.org/

Current Exhibitions Supported by Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation

FLY BALL: Vintage Snapshots of Black Athletes by Twin-Brother Photographers, Morgan & Marvin Smith

St. Nicholas Park – 132nd Street and 139th Street Jackie Robinson Park
 coming soon

Of the thousands of photographs and prints by Morgan and Marvin Smith in the Schomburg Center’s collections, this exhibition highlights a brief survey of sports snapshots from the 1930s–1950s. From American Negro League baseball team players sliding into home plate to collegiate star-athlete footballers dodging tackles across the field, these photographs document a pivotal era in American sports history.

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In This Brief Life

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 coming soon

Eugene Richards draws from his latest book, In This Brief Life (2023), a collection of more than 50 years of mostly unseen photographs.

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Migrantes

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 coming soon

Following the journey of migrant workers from their homeland in Michoacán, Mexico, across the US-Mexico border, and throughout America, in search of work and a better life for their families.

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Archive Exhibitions Supported by Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation

This Land Is Your Land

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2023

This Land is Your Land is an assemblage of appropriated materials, photography, and artifacts that ask the viewer to consider their own associations with the National Parks. Viewers are asked to acknowledge land and race as it applies to the nostalgia, colonization and learned truths.

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Another Perspective

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2023

Another Perspective is a cross generational photo collaboration between three documentary photographers who all have direct experince with the criminal justice system.

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The New New Yorkers

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2023

The journey of Yenis Andrade, a young migrant woman from Venezuela, the birth of her new baby girl, and their first steps of her and her family rebuilding their lives with New York as their new home.

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Project 562: Changing The Way We See Native America

Times Square
 archive : 2022

Presented by Photoville and Time Square Arts, with additional support from the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation

Created by Matika Wilbur, Project 562 is a multi-year national photography project dedicated to photographing over 562 federally-recognized tribes in what is currently called the United States, resulting in an unprecedented repository of imagery and oral histories which accurately portrays contemporary Native Americans.

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Puddles in my Head : (Our Emotions)

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2022

Presented by Photoville, with additional support from the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation

Puddles in my Head is about community, love, family, friends, pain, confusion, anger, joy, struggle, redemption, and how it all intertwines within the disabled community. It’s about our emotions.

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Paradise Lost & Found: Bushwick

IS 291 Schoolyard
 archive : 2021

Paradise Lost & Found: Bushwick is a snapshot of this section of Brooklyn during the tumultuous 1980s and early 1990s. Carrying a point-and-shoot camera to her job as an art teacher at IS 291 – Roland Hayes, Meryl Meisler’s images—kept secret for decades—are a personal memoir. Upon her retirement from teaching, she began releasing them into the world.

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Mystery Of The Disguised

Brooklyn Bridge Park – The Beach
 archive : 2021

Mystery Of the Disguised is a visual exploration of the construction of an imaginary with the oral story of a town in Veracruz called Coyolillo, an Afro-Mexican community in the south of Mexico—reframing their history to one of freedom.

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Rebel Vision

Brooklyn Bridge Park – New Dock Street
 archive : 2021
Rebel Vision centers the work of Black female and non-binary photojournalists to chart the liberatory possibilities of using the documentary camera as a tool for anti-racism.
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Taxi Journey Through My Windows 1977-1987

First Street Green Cultural Park
 archive : 2021

TAXI: Journey Through My Windows 1977–1987 is a portrait of the gritty chaos and community of New York in the 1970s. The book is composed of photographs captured from the driver’s seat of documentary photographer (and cab driver) Joseph Rodriguez’s taxi—including scenes of night workers getting off their shifts, children jumping through the spray of open fire hydrants in the summer, and S&M partiers leaving clubs, zipped in leather, in the early hours of the morning.

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The Four Elements

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn
 archive : 2021

The Four Elements from the Visual Thinking Collective showcases four bodies of work—the elements visually interpreted by: Nadia Aly (Water), selected by Lauren Steel; Oded Balilty (Earth), selected by Sarah Leen; realities:united (Air), selected by Shannon Simon; and Marcus Yam (Fire), selected by Elizabeth Krist.

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W. Eugene Smith Grant For Humanistic Photography, 2021 Finalists

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 6
 archive : 2021
The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is pleased to present a selection of work from the 10 2021 finalists in the 42nd annual W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography.
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Archive Sessions and Events Supported by Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation

Jun 42023

Meet the Artists of: Another Perspective

Join the documentary photographers of Another Perspective. for a container-side chat about their work, their exhibition, and their cross-generational experiences with the criminal justice system.

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Oct 232021

Walking Tour Of Taxi: Journey Through My Windows 1977-1987, With Joseph Rodriguez

Grab your morning coffee and come join legendary photographer Joseph Rodriguez as he shares his memories and stories behind the images in his exhibition and book “Taxi: Journey Through My Windows 1977-1987,” a collection of snapshots that are on display along the fence of First Street Green Cultural Park on Houston Street.

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Oct 42020

Heirlooms/Evidence: A Workshop on Whiteness

Participants will be guided through a series of conversations and hands-on activities that begin to unpack the ways in which our whiteness and privilege function in the world, and in our practice as media-makers.

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Oct 42020

Photography and Social Justice: Sharing Works in Progress

We’re sharing some inside looks into the processes and experiences of our 2020 Photography and Social Justice Fellows as their projects near completion.

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Oct 42020

Science Visualized

Join photographers Anand Varma, Esther Horvath, and Max Aguilera-Hellweg in conversation with Senior Photo Editor Todd James as they discuss their work in scientific photography, and how they tackle each story’s unique visual challenges.

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Oct 42020

Creativity in Unprecedented Times

Join this panel of extraordinary photographers as they explore the topic of remaining creatively fresh and engaged while working within the limitations of social isolation, travel bans, and extremely divisive political discourse.

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Oct 32020

Asian Americans Reflect on Seeing Themselves, Race, and the Pandemic

New York-based Asian Americans who shared their experiences of pandemic-fueled racism with TIME gather for a virtual roundtable discussion on contextualizing anti-Asian racism during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Oct 32020

Aperture Conversations: Wendy Red Star

Join us for an artist talk with Wendy Red Star as she discusses her 2017 project Um-basax-bilua (Where They Make the Noise) 1904–2016, a celebration of cultural perseverance, colonial resistance, and ingenuity.

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Oct 22020

Back to Business: Pitching & Marketing

This session will focus on the art of pitching, website and portfolio editing, and marketing your work.

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Oct 22020

An Evening with The New York Times

New York Times photographers and editors will share highlights from their coverage of some of the year’s most visually compelling stories. Some of the photographers and editors who created Sources of Self-Regard: Self-Portraits From Black Photographers Reflecting on America will discuss their work.

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Oct 12020

Artist Talk: Perspectives from Lit List 2020 Photographers

Lit List 2020 photographers Isabel Okoro, Justin J Wee, Nolwen Cifuentes, Carmen Daneshmandi, and Samantha Cabrera Friend will show work and discuss their experiences within the visual media industry.

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Sep 272020

Project Reviews with the Visual Thinking Collective

Visual Thinking Collective members Sarah Leen, Shannon Simon, Lauren Steel, and Elizabeth Krist will critique submitted projects in smaller breakout groups. 24 photographers will be divided into random groups and will have an opportunity to discuss a project with one of the editors, while others in their group listen in.

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Sep 272020

We Built This City: Destiny Mata and Gogy Esparza in Conversation

Photographers Destiny Mata and Gogy Esparza discuss their artistic practices and the role New York City plays in shaping their aesthetic perspectives. Moderated by Abrons Arts Center’s Director of Programming, Ali Rosa-Salas.

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Sep 272020

Visual Narrative and Your Story

Members of the Visual Thinking Collective will present a workshop geared toward the mid-career photographer. Presentations will focus on building editorial skills and will consider an array of issues, including the elements of the visual narrative, researching and pitching story ideas, exploring your photographic identity, sustaining and editing long-term projects, marketing your abilities, and working with clients.

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Sep 272020

Addressing Trauma: Resilience and Self-Care

This workshop provides an interactive, informal, and guided session around self-care and resilience.

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Sep 252020

INSPIRED LIVE at Photoville

INSPIRED LIVE provides a platform for a unique group of cross-disciplined artists and industry professionals to reveal their sources of inspiration. In these fast-paced, 6-minute presentations, speakers select 15 images which stay on screen for 20 seconds each.

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Sep 252020

Photography, History, and Systems of Power

Join us for a conversation looking back at the origins of photography–how it has been used as a tool of colonialism, and how this legacy still appears today, both culturally and institutionally.

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Sep 252020

Back to Business: Pricing & Negotiations

This session will focus on pricing structures, how to read and interpret contracts, and best practices for business negotiations.

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Sep 242020

Then, Now, Next

Using Tyler Mitchell’s exhibition, I Can Make You Feel Good, at the International Center of Photography (ICP), as a springboard, photographers Quil Lemons and Arielle Bobb-Willis will share their work and have a conversation led by ICP’s curator-at-large, Isolde Brielmaier.

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Sep 202020

Then & Now: Photographers Repicturing Their Archive in 2020

Photographers Sheila Pree Bright (Atlanta, U.S.A.), Yolanda Escobar Jiménez (Quito, Ecuador), Brian Otieno (Nairobi, Kenya), and Xiaojie Ouyang (Wuhan, China), discuss what it was like to return to places they had photographed before and make new photographs.

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Sep 202020

Styling Beyond Instagram: Taking Your Styling Skills from the Square to the Street

How does one become a stylist?

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Sep 202020

Re-Imagining Our Family Archives

Educator Kamal Badhey and her adult and teen students, William Page, A’ssia Rai, and Valerie Zink reflect on their journey of investigating their family archives.

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Sep 202020

Conversation with the Winners of the 2020 ZEKE Award

ZEKE Award winners Kristen Emack, Jason Houston, and Nicoló Filippo Rosso will present their winning projects and discuss their views on the state of documentary photography today.

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Sep 192020

Diversity in Visual Storytelling

Explore the unique visual dialogues of our esteemed Leica Women Foto Project 2019 awardees, Debi Cornwall, Yana Paskova and Eva Woolridge, in a multi-dimensional conversation covering topics from gender parity in visual storytelling to the value of a personal project.

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Sep 182020

Back to Business: Workflow

This session will focus on legal business structures, taxes and accounting, and business insurance. The workshops are especially geared towards BIPOC photographers, and are open to photographers anywhere in the world.

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Sep 172020

Connection and Reflection during COVID-19

Students in the Bronx Junior Photo League (BJPL), the Bronx Documentary Center’s (BDC) free documentary storytelling and college success program for 6th through 12th grade students, have been documenting social justice issues and community-based stories since 2013.

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Sep 172020

ICP Community Programs: Teen Storytellers Impacting Change

The panel will conclude with a dynamic discussion among the participants and the audience of youth photographers, in an effort to engage in a greater dialogue about how photography can serve as a platform for youth to tell their own stories, build community, and impact change.

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Sep 172020

Teaching Creativity: A Case for Art Education

This panel will celebrate New York City students and their arts educators. We will also present a call to action: Ensure that arts education remains a leading factor in the curriculum of every child.

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Sep 172020

The Power of Photographic Storytelling

Storytelling, identity, prejudice, family, friends, community, intersectionality, activism, and finding freedom through creativity are some of the topics addressed in the photographic projects of the 2020 NYU Tisch Future Imagemakers. They will discuss their work, and how photo-based image-making has empowered them to speak up for social justice.

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Sep 222019

Teargas, Trolling, and Trauma: Photographing Political Polarization in the U.S.

A panel discussion on the physical, digital, and psychological risks for photographers covering political rallies, protests, and events in an increasingly polarised environment leading up to the 2020 U.S. Presidential election.

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Sep 222019

Photography and Social Media

Sharing photos via social media is becoming the norm for photographers, but how do you effectively shoot, select, and edit for social media? Join this panel as they discuss their strategies for delivering great photos for social media.

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Sep 222019

A New Vision of the Indigenous Narrative

Five photographers from the Natives Photograph community will discuss their work, the importance of representation in the industry, and their process as Indigenous visual storytellers.

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Sep 222019

Working Together

What does it mean to enter into collaboration in the photographic process? Join us to hear five women talk about their projects and practices that are rooted in working with others.

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Sep 152019

On Feeling Good: In Conversation with Dr. Deborah Willis and Tyler Mitchell

Join Dr. Deb Willis, Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, as she interviews photographer Tyler Mitchell, New York University Tisch School of the Arts Film & Television alum. They will discuss his first solo exhibition, I Can Make You Feel Good, and their collective body of work.

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Sep 152019

An Afternoon with Lynsey Addario and John Moore

Join us as two celebrated photojournalists sit down for a conversation about their impactful work traversing the globe, from the current humanitarian crises in Syria, to immigrant crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border during the Trump administration.

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Sep 152019

Perspectives: A Conversation led by Jamel Shabazz

Acclaimed photographer Jamel Shabazz has curated an exhibition at Photoville this year, showcasing young photographers from diverse backgrounds who use documentary photography to address pressing social issues. He leads a conversation with them on this panel.

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Sep 152019

Conversations on Conflict Photography

There has never been a more important time for acknowledging and investigating the crucial role of conflict photography in shaping our understanding of international affairs and faraway crises.

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Sep 142019

Weapon of Choice | Dialogue with Travon Free and Ruddy Roye

Photographers and writers Ruddy Roye and Travon Free discuss how and why their cameras are not only an important weapon in modern storytelling, but through demonstrations of their work, will explain why it’s critical to the landscape of photography for black and marginalized people to be the ones telling these stories.

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Sep 142019

Spanish Harlem

Joe Rodriguez and David Gonzalez will be discussing his groundbreaking National Geographic cover on Spanish Harlem in the 1980s, looking back on a vital New York City community that is undergoing increasing gentrification.

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Sep 142019

Parallax: ReVisioning Queer and Trans People of Color in Photography

A panel discussion featuring the photographers and curators of the Authority Collective’s Parallax group show, sharing their perspectives on imaging the QTPOC experience.

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Sep 142019

Walk This Way

Join Vikki Tobak, author of Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop, as she interviews April Walker, lifestyle entrepreneur, author, health/wellness advocate, and creator of one of the first urban fashion brands, WalkerWear.

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Sep 142018

Postcards from Brownsville: Photographing Community

Students will present their collaborative project, “Postcards from Brownsville” and discuss how their photographs can impact insider and outside perceptions of their community.

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