“If you judge people, you have no time to love them” – Mother Theresa
Photographs and Stories of People Experiencing Homelessness
Volume One and Volume Two are available from Friesen Press as well as the following local stores:
Cambridge, Ontario: Millpond Records & Books, 4 Queen Street West (Hespeler)
Collingwood, Ontario: Read It Again New and Used Books, 176 Hurontario Street
Creemore, Ontario: Curiosity House Books, 122 Mill Street. 705-520-2500
Toronto, Ontario: The SHOP at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Volume Three is currently available from Amazon.com
Leah is a 19-year-old photography student at Sheridan College in Oakville, ON. She is just completing her second year of a four-year Bachelor of Photography program. Since the age of 13 she has been mentored by Joel Sartore, a National Geographic photographer and Fellow. When Leah was only 14 Joel said of her, “[Leah] is well on her way to becoming not just a good photographer, but a great photographer. And I’m not kidding.”
For the past four years Leah has been traveling to cities throughout the world, such as Toronto, New York, Washington D.C., and Brisbane, photographing the homeless and recording their stories.
Recently Austin McCauley Publishers released her third book called Nowhere to Call Home–Photographs and Stories of the Homeless, Volume Three.
In the summer of 2017, CBC’s ‘The National’ aired a documentary about Leah’s photography and stories of people experiencing homelessness. Since then Leah’s work has attracted worldwide attention.
In the fall of 2017, the BBC ran a story about her, as have newspapers in the United States and the Netherlands. In 2018 the Corriere della Sera, Italy’s largest daily, did a two-page spread about Leah. In an article in the Las Vegas’ Daily Chronicle, Buford Davis wrote, “[Leah’s] photographs are not great photographs for a teenager to have taken; they are great photographs and a teenager has taken them.”
Leah has won high praise from her peers. The veteran Toronto photographer, Mike Jordan, wrote of Leah that she is an “emerging superstar.” Well known Hamilton-based street photographer, Alex Zafer, called her a “mega talent.” Leah attended, by invitation, ARTWALK NY 2017 and the Women of the World 2018 festival in Brisbane, Australia, where her work was exhibited. In 2017 she shared the stage with Prince Harry and Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General to the U.N., at the Air Canada Centre for the WE Day and WE Family events where she addressed 40,000 people. Leah has been a keynote speaker at the annual She Talks events in Cambridge and Muskoka. Recently, Leah entered into a partnership with the Salvation Army Canada, and is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at several of their upcoming ‘Hope in the City’ events in cities, such as Toronto, Hamilton, and Sudbury.
Leah has won several awards, including the IDRF Youth Impact Award 2018, Murray Clerkson Award 2019, SNAP Photo Competition 2020, and Ascend Rising Star of the Year Award 2020.