Featured Artist - June 2018

 

Leah Denbok with her photos on the wall behind her

Photo by Dave West

A photo by Leah of a street person hugging his dog

Photo by Leah Denbok

 

 

Leah Denbok, Photographer

Leah is an 18-year-old photographer who lives in Collingwood, ON. Since the age of 13 she has been mentored by Joel Sartore, a National Geographic photographer and Fellow who, when she was only 14, wrote of Leah that, “she is well on her way to becoming not just a good photographer, but a great photographer. And I’m not kidding.”

For the past three years Leah has been traveling, with her dad, to cities throughout the world photographing the homeless and recording their stories. This past November the fruits of her labour were published in a book called Nowhere to Call Home--Photographs and Stories of the Homeless, Volume One. Volume two is due to be released in the summer, and volume three this coming winter. This past July CBC's 'The National' aired a documentary about Leah's photography and stories of people experiencing homelessness. Since then her work has attracted worldwide attention.

In the Fall of 2017 the BBC did a story about her. She was also, recently, interviewed by newspapers in Italy and the Netherlands. In September she shared the stage with Prince Harry and the former Secretary General to the U.N. at the Air Canada Centre for the WE Day and WE Family events where she addressed 40,000 people. She also attended, by invitation, ARTWALK NY 2017 and the Women of the World 2018 festival in Brisbane, Australia.

Leah’s work has been heralded by her peers. Toronto photographer, Mike Jordan, wrote of Leah that she is an “emerging superstar”, while well known Hamilton-based street photographer, Alex Zafer, calls her a “mega talent.”

Leah is the 2018 recipient of the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts' Murray J. Clerkson Award.

http://www.leahdenbok.com/