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  Born in Haiti where he acquired his love for the ocean,
Leslie Jean-Bart has been living in New York City since he arrived in the US in 1967.
After earning a master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University,
Jean-Bart embarked on a photography career that resulted in the creation of images
that have garnered awards and recognition.

Earlier days found Jean-Bart on staff at Sotheby's and Christie's where he was
surrounded daily by the world's greatest art. Freelance assignments took him all over
the world, as he shot for clients in Japan, Brazil, Iceland, Cyprus and Portugal.
His commitment to his craft and his defined vision, resulted in a variety of commercial
projects, and several published award winning books. A special collage project of Billie
Holiday and Charlie Parker for the Verve Music Group was cited for excellence.

Jean-Bart began exhibiting in 2001, when a number of his collages were part of the exhibit
"Committed To The Image: Contemporary Black Photographers" at The Brooklyn Museum.
From 2001-2003 he took part in a number of group exhibits at Monique Goldstrom Gallery
in SoHo, NYC.

During the last several years Jean-Bart put his career, but not his art on hold.
Committed to the care of his mother who has dementia, Jean-Bart became her daily guardian.
During this very trying time he  soothed his soul by photographing water and reflections.
The call to somehow combine the ocean or water and the camera was never far from his mind
during the past two decades, and in 2009 the call  became a mission and a project was birthed.

The ensuing series titled "Reality and Imagination" is the culmination of years of working the
science and magic that is photography and a never ending love of water, light, shape, form and
collage.

 

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Selected Solo & Group Exhibitions

2017                 Solo Show, Griffin Museum of Photography Virtual Gallery

2017                 3rd Annual Juried Exhibition, Providence Center for Photographic Arts, Providence, RI

2017                 Small Works Baruch 2017, Sidney Mishkin Gallery, New York, NY

2017             Lenscratch, The 2016 Favorite Photograph Exhibition

2016                  Solo Show, Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA

2016                  Atlanta Airport Exhibition, Amy Miller/Atlanta Photography Group, Atlanta, GA

2015                  Illuminate, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

2015                  Mary Stanley Selects, Atlanta Photography Group, Atlanta, GA

2015                  Kamoinge's Timeless, Kenkeleba Gallery, New York, NY

2004-13            Mother diagnosed with dementia & was sole caretaker

2001                  Committed to The Image, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

2001                  Nicola Wood Retrospective, (A Collage of Mine) Petersen

                           Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, California

2001                  Group Show, Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York, NY

2000                  Group Show, Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York, NY

 

Awards

2017                  3rd Open Call Exhibition|Honorable Mention|Juror Paula Tognarelli|Engagement

2000                  Marion Vannett Ridgway Honor Book Award for “Strong to the Hoop

2000                  “Strong to the Hoop” was listed in Between the By-Road and the Main Road
                            list of recommended global children’s literature that use collage.
                          "Strong to the Hoop" was chosen as an American Library Association Notable Book.
                          "Strong to the Hoop" was named one of the Choice Books by the Cooperative 
                            Children's Book Center.
                          "Strong to the Hoop" was picked as A Notable Social Studies Trade Book For Young
                            People by the Children's Book Council.
                          "Strong to the Hoop" was chosen as a Best Children's Book of the Year by the Children's
                            Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education, New York.
                          "Strong to the Hoop" was Selected as a Notable Book for a Global Society by the 
                            International Reading Association

 

Selected Bibliography

2016                  Rosen, Sara, "Profile / Leslie Jean-Bart: Reality & Imagination"

                           Crave, March 2, 2016

2014                  Gonzalez, David, “Mirrors in the Sand” Metropolitan Section Sunday New York

                           Times, July 6, 2014

2014                  Grahame, Julie, “Reality and Imagination: Photo Collage in Coney

                           Island, Huffpost Art & Culture, July 22, 2014 

 

                            Born, Aquin, Haiti. Currently resides in New York City.

Education

                             B.A., Columbia University, New York, NY

                             M.S.J., Columbia University, New York, NY

 

Leslie Jean-Bart has been photographing and giving visual shape to verbal ideas for varied clients 

ranging from companies to magazines to book publishers for more than 30 years.

Partial List of Clients

1979-1995       IBM Corporation

                           The New York Times

                           BMW of North America

                           American Can

                           Columbia University

                           Newsweek Magazine

                           New York Magazine

                           Publishers Weekly

                           Simon & Schuster 

                           United Way of New York

                           Verve Music Group

                           New York Transit Authority

                           Time Warner

                           Harper Collins Publishing

                           Chronicle Books

                           FUSE180.org

                           GARP

                           Traveled On Assignment To-

                           Japan; Venezuela; Iceland; Portugal;

                           Dominican Republic, among others.

1995-2000       Sotheby’s

2000-2003       Christie’s

Books

2013                  Raising the Bar,  (Zondervan /Harper Collins)

2006                  Military High Life, (University Press of the South)

1999                  Strong to the Hoop, (Lee & Low Books)

1998                  Blue Guitar, (Chronicle Books)

www.lesliejean-bart.com