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

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. She was one of ten photographers named by Atlanta Celebrates Photography’s 2020 Ones to Watch list. In 2021, she received the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for her contributions to the year-long investigation, "Mauled: When Police Dogs are Weapons." Marissa frequently contributes to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and San Francisco Chronicle, among others.

In addition to commissions, Marissa is currently working on a series of personal projects.


The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Guardian, The New Yorker, Apple, Smithsonian Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle,  Bloomberg Businessweek, California Sunday, Essence Magazine, The Marshall Project, Men's Health Magazine, Nike, Athleta, Outside Magazine,  Wine & Spirits, USA Today


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