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Bob Leonard is a photographer based in New York City.

Armed with an iPhone 4, Leonard created "Riders," a series of captivating portraits on the New York City subway then posted the images on Facebook. “I’m in a public space doing what I've been doing for years as a street photographer. Now I’m using technology that allows me to be inconspicuous and share my images with a broader audience online,” said Leonard. 

“We are being photographed or videotaped constantly. The moment you step out of your home, your privacy is over. Your image is being captured by security cameras but also by tourists wandering through Times Square.” This concept continued with a series of portraits taken in the elevator of a Manhattan office building.

Over many months, Leonard observed visitors at the 9/11 Memorial taking photos of each other using conventional cameras and cell phones. Portraits. Group shots. Selfies. All posted on Facebook for the gang back home. His takeaway is that the memorial is a failure as a contemplative, introspective space. Yet the larger issue here is the overarching need for individuals to document almost every moment of their lives even in what many may consider are inappropriate situations.

Recent work uses photography to create abstract work, presented as composites, "I scavenge my environment with an eye for shapes and color," Leonard said, "then alter these images into something unrecognizable." 

"Urban Hieroglyphs" explored the ubiquitous spray-painted markings that identify the location of an intricate network of utilities that lie just under the surface of New York. The resulting prints dislodge the symbols from their context, transforming these mundane elements into a series of abstractions.

“While these modern hieroglyphs have a practical use, I was attracted to the striking colors and fascinating shapes,” said Leonard, “I'm interested in the energetic flow among the images; some undulating, organic, and serene while others represent conflict, dynamism, and energy.”

The "Reinvention" and "Walls" series continued this observation of color and shape.

Recent editorial work includes "Covid Stories" his observation of the pandemic in New York presented in his signature quadriptych format.

Leonard is a long-term member of the Soho Photo Gallery. His work has appeared in Lenscratch, West Side Rag, and La Domenica, a publication of Repubblica Nazionale. ​An image​ from the Walls series was​ selected by juror Debra Klomp-Ching as a Juror’s Selection in the ABSTRACT 2020​ competition.​

Walls - Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, January 2022

Walls - Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, October 2021

Covid Stories - Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, March 2021

Reinventions - Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, April 2019

Urban Patterns - Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, December 2018

Urban Hieroglyphs - Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, April 2016

Memorialized - Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, September 2015

Riders - Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, October 2014

Images are available for purchase, customizable by size, medium and mounting options. Use the form below or arrange a phone call with Bob Leonard here.
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