Valerie Leonard

Born in 1961, to American and French parents, Valerie Leonard has always been surrounded by a world of images. Her mother was a painter, and her father, photographer, Herman Leonard.

Valerie Leonard strives for her work to embody to the search for truth and beauty of human beings, whatever their origin or wealth.

Far from seeking aesthetic or false compassion, she wants to show the dignity and courage of these women and men, in particularly hostile environments.

 Throughout her trips around the world she focused her work 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 dignity of those living and working in difficult conditions.  

People, Portraits, Documentary, Indigenous Cultures, Landscapes, Photojournalism, Travel