Morris, Leon

Darwin, 1957

Australian-born Leon Morris is a multi-award winning photo-journalist who has spent over 30 years exploring his passion for the roots of contemporary music. From 1982 to 1994, he worked in London, building a high profile photography career that saw him regularly published in prestigious publications from the Guardian and the Observer to Time Out and Face magazines. In the latter part of this period he built a high end commercial career with blue chip clients such as British Gas, Royal Bank of Scotland and London Electricity. In 1983 and 1991 he won first prize in the Greater London Council and London Docklands photography competitions. In 1987 he won the Kodak UK Fine Art Photography Award. In 1989 he was named the Kodak UK Young Photographer of the Year and was announced runner-up for the Kodak European Young Photographer of the Year. In 1992 he was appointed the Victoria and Albert Museum's first photographer-in-residence. During this period his work was widely published and exhibited throughout the United Kingdom and Europe and BBC Television profiled him as one of Britain’s leading young exponents of photojournalism. In 1994, increasingly disillusioned with commercial photography, he returned to north Australia to work with Indigenous Australians in event production and public policy. In effect, he took a 15 year break from the world of fine art photography, although during this period he continued to return to New Orleans each year and his photographic archive was represented by leading London libraries, the Hulton Collection (photojournalism) and Redferns (music). Both these libraries have recently been purchased by, and are now recognized as separate collections within, Getty Images, which describes itself as the leading provider of digital media worldwide. In 2016, Homage New Orleans was awarded a gold medal for Performance Arts in the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards. (fonte:!/page/487410/biography)

Morris, Leon
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