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. 

Marissa was named One to Watch by Atlanta Celebrates Photography in 2020; contributed photographs to The Marshall Project’s investigation, "Mauled: When Police Dogs are Weapons," which received the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting; and was nominated for the 2022 SECA Art Award by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She is an International Women's Media Foundation Fellow, part of the 2022-2023 cohort of the Gwen Ifill Mentorship Program. 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.


Apple, Nike, National Geographic, The New York Times, Washington Post, The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, NPR, Smithsonian Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle,  NBC News, Bloomberg Businessweek, NRDC, Essence Magazine, The Marshall Project, The Verge, Athleta, Google


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