Leslie Alsheimer, author of Black and White in Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop Lightroom, is an internationally published and award winning photographer and author. Leslie is most known for her documentary projects with non-profits & NGOâ€™s addressing the human condition world-wide. Her workâ€” spanning editorial, fine art and documentary genresâ€” has appeared in the Corcoran Gallery of Art as well as numerous books and publications including PDN, Nikon World, and Black & White Magazines. Leslieâ€™s professional and personal work celebrates the beauty and splendor that can be found in humanity â€”regardless of circumstance. With images, she creates metaphors that honor the richness of life that accompany the enduring human spirit; celebrating life, play, family, culture and community through the joy, pain and love of everyday living.
Leslieâ€™s deeper perspective documentary essays were recently awarded and published in National Geographic Traveler and PDN Magazines, earned her a Spotlight Portfolio Award in Black & White Magazine as well as four Honorable Mention LUCIE Awards at the 2008 and 2009 International Photography Awards. (See awards for more details)
As the Founder and Director of Santa Fe Digital Darkroom Photographic Workshops & Tours, a professional freelance photographer, instructor with the Nikon and American Photo Mentor Series, and a member of the Adobe Photoshop Beta Testing Team, Leslie’s knowledge and expertise of both traditional and digital photographic techniques allows her to bring significant passion, experience and enthusiasm to all she does in this field. Leslie currently travels around the globe for her work as a freelance photographer, creative imaging consultant and Photography Mentor.
Leslie also believes in using photography to help empower others to find their own creative voice and vision. She was the creative director of the published book, Reality from the Barrio, a social documentary honored in the PDN Photography Annual 2003-The Best Photos of the Year. Inspired by a traditional wet darkroom photography program that Leslie developed, and directed for a non-profit organization’s gang diversion program, the book became a thesis project for Leslie’s master’s degree in social work.
Currently the Director of Community Photography Outreach a project based non profit collecting and disseminating donated cameras to organizations and programs in need, Leslie is also developing Forward Focus, an organization dedicated to utilizing the power of visual imagery to support and encourage grassroots nonprofit initiatives dedicated to fostering social and environmental change. Together with a pioneering series of educational journeys, this organization is a collaborative forum that combines education, adventure, and creative purpose to celebrate what people are doing to create a better world, supporting and encouraging acts of connection, compassion and contribution, i.e. creating works that matter.
Leslie is available for assignments locally, nationally and internationally. Please contact her directly for rates and availability.