Leah Renee Monsour is a photographer, archivist and artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Using a new documentary approach, she is inspired by subjects, lighting, and objects found in extension of her own life. Through posed intimate portraiture and more spontaneous character studies and still lives, she aims to capture the life, trends, and heart of her generation and family, both chosen and given.
Monsour grew up in an all-American suburb outside of Syracuse, NY, and started making pictures around age 14. Her philosophy is to “follow the light,” and her images rarely feature lighting that isn't natural to the setting inside the frame. The resulting images are warm, intimate, and beautiful in a way that is both contemporary and timeless.
She finished her BFA in Photography at SUNY New Paltz in 2018, and currently works at Parsons School of Design. She has exhibited nationally and internationally.