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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




Solo Exhibitions

2018                 Juried Portfolio Showcase, Memories of Childhood, Curator Karen Davis, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY

2017                 Memories and Mysteries, Curator Debra Vanderburg Spencer, Kenkeleba Gallery, NYC

2017                 Griffin Museum of Photography Virtual Gallery, Curator Paula Tognarelli, Winchester MA

2016                 Xavier University of Louisiana, Curator Sarah Clunis, New Orleans, LA


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018                San Franscico Bay International Photo Show, Jurors: Debra Klomp Ching of Klompching Gallery, Aline Smithson of

                         Lenscratch, David Garnick of Bokeh Bokeh Photo

2018                Fourth Annual Group Show, Juror Paula Tognarelli of The Griffin Museum, DavisOrton Gallery, Hudson, NY

2018                Environmental Portraits, Juror Elizabeth Avedon, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT

2018                Metamorphosis, Juror Wendi Schneider, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Jct., VT   

2018                Center for Photography Woodstock Squared - Juried Exhibition Fundraiser| Juror Hannah Frieser| "Glimpse of...|Woodstock, NY                                          

2018                Camera USA 2018, Jurors: Christopher Jones of The Ringling Museum of Art, Mark Sloan of Halsey Institute of

                         Contemporary Art, Paula Tognarelli of Grifin Museum of Photography, Naples Art Association, Naples, Florida

2018                Coney Island, Curators: Rob Levy, Rick Kopstein, Lauren Welles, Charles P. Sifton Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2018                ONE 2017 Call for Entry, Juror Aline Smithson of Lenscratch, NYC4PA, New York, NY

2018                Small Works Baruch 2018, Juror Elizabeth Avedon, Sidney Mishkin Gallery, New York, NY

2018                 Winter 2018 Show, Juror J. Sybylla Smith, The Curated Fridge, Somerville, MA

2018                 The 2017 Favorite Photograph Exhibition, Lenscratch, 

2017                 Small Works Baruch 2017, Juror Elizabeth Avedon of L'Oeil De La Photography, Sidney Mishkin Gallery, New York, NY

2017                 Analog v. Digital, Juror Michael Foley, Michael Foley Gallery, New York, NY

2017                 Water 2017, Juror Jennifer Murray of Filter Photo, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

2017                 4th Annual Open Call Juried Exhibition, Juror Julie Grahame of aCurator, Providence Center for Photographic Arts, Providence, RI

2017                 Portrait: Within Time & space, Juror Elizabeth Avedon, South x Southeast Gallery, Molena, GA

2017                 Liquid Exhibition, Juror Debra Klomp Ching of Klompching Gallery, NYC4PA, New York, NY

2017                 3rd Annual Open Call Group Exhibition, Juror Paula Tognarelli of Griffin Museum of Photography, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY

2017                 "Black & White", Juror Elizabeth Avedon of L'Oeil De La Photography, A Smith Gallery,  Johnson City, TX

2017                 3rd Annual Juried Exhibition, Juror Paula Tognarelli of Griffin Museum of Photography, Providence Center for Photographic Arts, Providence, RI

2017                 Second Annual Fine Art Exhibition (On Line), Juror Crista Dix of Wall Space Gallery, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA

2017                 Virtual The Curated Fridge, Juror Yorgos Efthymiadis

2017                 Fourth Annual Members Exhibition (On Line), Juror Paula Tognarelli of Griffin Museum of Photography, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA 

2017                 WInter Solstice, Members Exhibition, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA

2017                The 2017 Unnatural Exhibition, Juror Aline Smithson, Lenscratch

2017                 The 2017 Summer Fun Exhibition, Lenscratch

2017                 The 2017 Snow Exhibition, Lenscratch

2017                 2017 Annual Members Show, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York, NY

2017                 The 2016 Favorite Photograph Exhibition, Lenscratch

2016                 The Airport Exhibition, Atlanta Photography Group (APG),  Juror Amy Miller, Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport

2015                 Illuminate, Juror Elizabeth Avedon of L'Oeil De La Photographie, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

2015                 Mary Stanley Selects, Atlanta Photography Group (APG), 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



2018                 San Francisco Bay International Photo Show|Silver Medal Award|Jurors: Debra Klomp Ching, Aline Smithson, and

                          David Garnick|'The Seeker'

2018                  ONE 2017 Call for Entry|Honorable Mention| Juror Aline Smithson of Lenscratch|'Striding'

2017                  4th Open Call Exhibition|Best of Show|Juror Julie Grahame| 'Anticipation'

2017                  Liquid Call Exhibition|First Place|Juror Debra Klomp Ching| 'The Seeker'

2017                  Liquid Call Exhibition|Juror's Choice|Juror Debra Klomp Ching| Laughter

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

2017                 "black & white"|Juror's Honorable Mention|Juror Elizabeth Avedon|'The Cargo has Arrived'

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.


                             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



                           Traveled On Assignment To-

                           Japan; Venezuela; Iceland; Portugal;

                           Dominican Republic, among others.

1995-2000       Sotheby’s

2000-2003       Christie’s


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)