Based in San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
Cell (925) 915-7204

Available to travel for assignments, by car or otherwise

Marissa Leshnov is an editorial and portrait photographer based in Oakland, California. 

She is often called on to photograph the disproportionate impact of America’s political and cultural systems, as well as those who are working to bridge the gaps of inequality along the intersections of cultural heritage, race, memory, and power. Marissa believes that images have the power to inform public imagination and views photography as an act of political importance, emphasizing the need for images that add depth and nuance to existing narratives.

Clients include

Apple, Athleta, Doubleday & Cartwright, Essence Magazine, Google, The Guardian, National Geographic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Nike, NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, Smithsonian Magazine, Society Magazine, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post Magazine

Awards & exhibitions

2022 Monument Lab Documentarian in Residence
2022 IWMF Gwen Ifill Mentorship Program Fellow
2022 SECA Art Award Nominee, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
2021 "My Park Moment" exhibition, Photoville
2021 Photoville Visual Story Award
2021 The Marshall Project Team Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting
2020 "Good Trouble" exhibition, MINT Gallery
2020 Ones to Watch, Atlanta Celebrates Photography
2020 "Say What You Want to Say" exhibition, Los Angeles Center of Photography


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