Isa Leshko (b. 1971) is an artist who stares down her fears through her camera lens. Her current work takes an unflinching look at her fear of aging through a series of intimate portraits of geriatric animals.
Isa has had solo exhibitions at the Galveston Arts Center, the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Houston Center for Photography, and the Silver Eye Center for Photography. Her prints are in numerous private and public collections including the Boston Public Library, Fidelity Investments, the Harry Ransom Center, Haverford College, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Her images have been published in The Boston Globe, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, The Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, and Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin.
Isa has received both the Houston Center for Photography Fellowship and the Silver Eye Center for Photography Keystone Award for her Elderly Animals project. She was nominated for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography and was named a finalist for the New Orleans Photo Alliance Clarence John Laughlin Award.
Isa grew up in Carteret, NJ, and received her BA from Haverford College, where she studied cognitive psychology, neurobiology, and gender studies. She wrote regularly for the now defunct Sojourner Magazine, a feminist monthly magazine, and was also the publication’s Books Editor. After Sojourner folded, she spent a decade working for dot.com startups as a project manager and software engineer before she discovered her passion for photography.
Isa studied photography at the New England School of Photography and also completed the Artist Professional Toolbox Program produced by the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston. Based in Salem, MA, Isa has also lived in Houston, TX, Philadelphia, PA, and Providence, RI. Her work is represented by the Corden|Potts Gallery in San Francisco, CA and the Richard Levy Gallery in Albuquerque, NM.