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Franco-Americaine, Valérie Leonard a baigné dans un monde d'images. Sa mère était peintre et son père, photographe, Herman Leonard. Lorsqu'elle appuie sur le déclencheur, elle se souvient de sa doctrine : "Toujours dire la Vérité, mais en termes de Beauté".

Tout au long de ses voyages à travers le monde, elle s'efforce d'incarner dans son travail cette recherche de la vérité et de la beauté de l'être humain, quelles que soient son origine et sa richesse et s'est particulièrement concentrée sur sa thématique des "Travaux d'Hercule". Une série de photographies où elle tente de montrer avec respect et admiration la noblesse et le courage de ceux qui vivent et travaillent dans des conditions difficiles.

Elle prend le temps de vivre avec les gens et d'être pleinement acceptée avant de commencer son travail. Il n'y a pas de mise en scène, avec patience et respect, elle attend le bon moment, la bonne lumière pour dire la vérité, mais en termes de beauté.
Loin d’une recherche esthétisante ou d'une fausse compassion, elle entend changer la façon dont nous voyons une humanité oubliée.

 

French-American, Valerie Leonard has always been surrounded by a world of images. Her mother was a painter, and her father, photographer, Herman Leonard. When she presses the shutter, she remembers his doctrine: "Always tell the Truth, but in terms of Beauty".

Throughout her trips around the world she strives to embody in her work this search for truth and beauty of human beings, whatever their origin or wealth and focused particularly on a theme that she named “Labours of Hercules”. A series of photographs where she attempts to show with utmost respect and admiration the nobility and courage of those living and working in difficult conditions.

She takes the time to live with the people and be fully accepted before starting her work. There is no staging, with patience and respect, she waits for the right moment, the right light to tell the truth, but in terms of beauty. Far from seeking aesthetic or false compassion she intends to change the way we see a forgotten humanity.

 

Valerie Leonard est Membre du Studio HANS LUCAS - ‎http://hanslucas.com/vleonard/photo

 


AWARDS

2018
1st Prize Zoom Photo Festival  Saguenay. Canada. Human Nature.
Hon.Mention PX3 Paris/ Press/ Book Documentary with Silver Hands.
Hon.Mention PX3 Paris/ Press/ Feature Story with Amazon Queen.

2017
Silver Medal ND Awards/ Editorial Environment with "Trash Slaves" Nepal.
Hon.Mention ND Awards/ General news with "Survivors" Nepal.
Winner Pollux Awards/ Documentary with Black Hell.
Hon.Mention SDN with Black Hell.
Hon.Mention IPA/ Environmental with Black Hell.

2016
Silver Star Award ND Awards Editorial/ Environment with Black Hell.
Bronze star Award ND Awards/ People, Travel with Iran.
2nd Prize APA Awards/ Documentary Editorial with Black Hell.
Gold Medal Documentary Book Prix PX3 Paris with Iran.
Nom. Fine Art Photography Awards/ Portrait, Travel, Animals, People with "Praying Ganesh", Iran, China, India.
2nd Prize "The Other Hundred" Educator's edition, with Iran.
1st Prize Florida Museum Photographic Arts/ Nature, Animals with "Praying Ganesh" Andaman.

2015
Hon.Mention ND Awards/ Editorial, Daily life, People, Travel with China, Cambodia, India.
Hon.Mention Monochrome Awards with China.
Remarkable Award Siena Photography Awards/ Storyboard with Kawah Ijen.
Hon.Mention Fine Art Photography Awards/ Travel with Kawah Ijen.
Gold Medal PX3 Paris/ Press Feature Story with Kawah Ijen.
Silver Medal PX3 Paris/ Portraiture with "The Frog hunter". Cambodia.
Bronze Medal PX3 Paris/ Nature with " Praying ganesh". Andaman.
Finalist 7th J.M Cameron Award/ Landscapes, Seascapes with "Lightly Suspended". Sri Lanka.
Finalist 7th J.M Cameron Award/ Documentary with Kawah Ijen & India.
Finalist 7th J.M Cameron Award/ Portraits with "Sledgehammer". Mali
Finalist 7th J.M Cameron Award/ People, Culture, Daily life with "Douala's Harlem". Cameroon.
Hon.Mention IPA/ Home one Place with "Farmer's Home". Cambodia.
Selected APA-Off The Clock-LA travelling exhibition with "The frog Hunter". Cambodia.

2014
Silver Star ND Awards/ People, Travel with Kawah Ijen.
Hon.Mention IPA/ People Children with "The Frog Hunter" Cambodia.
Shortlisted Sony World Photography Awards with Kawah Ijen.

2013
Finalist Travel Photographer of the Year/ Extraordinary with "Praying Ganesh". Andaman.
Hon.Mention Best of Photography with "The Look". Mali.
Nominee Nature Images Awards with Kawah Ijen.
Hon.Mention IPA/ One shot one world with "Stairway to heaven". Kawah Ijen.
Nominee Oasis Photo Contest with "The Look". Mali.
Hon.Mention Winner of PX PARIS with Mali.

2012
Hon.Mention IPA/ Wildlife with "Praying Ganesh". Andaman.
Hon.Mention IPA/ People with Mali.
Bronze Medal "Art en Capital" Grand Palais Paris with "The Look". Mali.
Photographer of the Month National Geographic France Web with "Douala's Harlem". Cameroon.

2011
1ST Prize National Geographic Channel's Contest France with "The Shadows". Mali. 


EVENTS

Exhibition "LES FEMMES S'EXPOSENT". June 8th/July 16th 2018. Houlgate, France.  LesFemmessexposent.valerie leonard
Exhibition "NAG". Jan/Feb 2018 . Paris. ‎www.not-a-gallery.com
Exhibition 2017 "series Java" hosted by THE FENCE in Brooklyn, Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Santa-Fe, Denver, Durham.
Exhibition BIENNIAL PHOTO Berlin October 2016
Exhibition "ART EN CAPITAL" Grand Palais Paris Dec 2012


Exhibition "OPEN SHOW" Paris June 2012

PRESS-RADIO-INTERVIEW

YOUTUBE Valerie Leonard 2018: Valerie Leonard photographer- Black Hell
NOUVEL OBS: Grand Format. Dans l'enfer de Jharia novembre 2016
THE OTHER HUNDRED BOOK, Inaugural and Educators Editions:  The Other Hundred 
ACTUPHOTO: Valerie Leonard : « Dire la vérité, en termes de beauté »
GAIA RADIO: Valerie Leonard - Documentaires Sonores
HUFFINGTON POST:  The Globalist: Malian Blacksmith Associations
SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS:  National Geographic: photo-par-nature-valerie-leonard
MANFROTTO: manfrottoschoolofxcellence.com