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Leanne Staples
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once upon a time. recent photo in Soho.
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Falling. A new piece taken this last week! 
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Review by Michael, Germany
I did a photo tour in NYC through Chinatown in August 2015 and really enjoyed it. Although I knew Chinatown already quite a bit, Leanne showed us very interesting places with great photo opportunitie in areas off the beaten track. She explained us her approach to street photography and gave us enough time to practice for ourselves. Since we were just a small group, it was possible to remain mainly unnoticed. I would definitely recommend this photo tour and am looking forward to do another photo tour with Leanne in other areas of NYC. - Michael from Germany 
Chinatown 2015 - 8
‪#‎NewYorkCity‬ ‪#‎Chinatown ‬ ‪#‎streetphotography‬ ‪#‎photography‬ ‪#‎tour‬ #workshop
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I get around town, and I have given tours recently for people from London, Cannes, Toronto, Grand Cayman, New Zealand, Connecticut and New York City to name a few. I have tour suggestions or I create tours specifically for your interests. For more information, check out my site at and be certain to read the reviews!
#NewYorkCity #Harlem #photography #tour #streetphotography
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Review by Dorian and Jerome
"After taking Leanne's Brooklyn tour last fall, we vowed to return.  This time she took us to Chinatown and we brought a fellow photo enthusiast.  Chinatown is a very bustling area of New York City.  One can easily get overwhelmed because there is so much to see. Leanne's abilty to help you anticipate the moments and find the shots made it a great day of shooting. We are extremely pleased with the pictures we took that day and will make a visit with Leanne an annual event. We would recommend this tour to anyone who is passionate about photography and wants to take creative images in the wonderful city of New York." - Dorian and Jerome,  Connecticut
#NewYorkCity #Chinatown #streetphotography #tour #review #blackandwhite #rain #umbrella
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to be black, a woman. . .
I've been doing tours nonstop these days. This is from a tour of Chinatown and the Lower East Side.
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The Streets of New York City
Another shot from last week on a day of shooting!
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On the go. A recent photo from a tour. I'm always on the go, rain or shine. Today I plan on taking photos on my own. I rarely get to do that anymore!
#NewYorkCity #GreenwichVillage #streetphotography #shadows #bicycle
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One year ago. In LES on a photo tour. I rarely have time to process photos! Going through photos from last year now!
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Review by Derek, Toronto, Canada 
Leanne: I thoroughly enjoyed our walking photo tour of Manhattan.  Your knowledge of the city brought me to places I certainly would not have found on my own.  It was great to have someone to point out photo opportunities I would not have noticed.  Thank you!
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bleeding color
from a recent shoot in Chinatown on a rainy day.
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Photographer, Artist, Writer & Licensed New York City Tour Guide
  • Photo Tour Guide - Shoot New York City
    Walking Photo Tour Guide, 2009 - present
    Photographer, artist, writer, mentor. Licensed New York City Tour Guide
  • Leanne Staples Photography
    Photographer, 2015
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New York City
Montreal, Quebec - Detroit, Michigan - Birmingham, Michigan - San Francisco, CA
Photographer, Artist, Writer, Tour Guide
A Passionate Photographer, Photo-Based Artist, Writer & Licensed NYC Tour Guide
On G+ since July 8, 2011. 

I sell my photos through my Shop. If there is a photo that you would like to purchase that isn't available on these sites, let me know. There's a list towards the bottom of this page of most of my social network sites.

I also give private lessons in Composition and the Art of Photography, street photography and portfolio review. Address inquiries to

• Co-founder of Shoot the Street 

Leanne Staples is primarily a urban photographer, artist and writer. She was given her first camera at the age of 12 by her father. For many years her concentration was mainly as an architectural photographer. It was, as she has said, "an obsessive pursuit for an unreal purity." One day, after being annoyed by people walking into her shot, she decided not to fight it anymore, to shoot people passing by the buildings. Without knowing it, that began her venture into street photography!

She started out in film and after some skepticism about digital, she finally made the transition in 2006. A self-described gonzo photog, you can find her on the streets with camera in hand searching for the perfect backdrop in which to shoot. A few things that she is always seeking out are shadows, reflections, patterns, motion blur, clouds, graffiti, interesting people and of course architecture.

Also known as ifotog on the internet. 

my photos have appeared
  • Lens Jockey magazine
  • Scion magazine
  • Snapixel magazine
  • wastd magazine
  • Slow Food magazine Italy
  • Milan exhibition
  • Barcelona gallery
  • New York City café
  • Coney Dogs in L.A. restaurant
  • The Bronx Brewery website
  • Photoshop Support website
  • street photography documentary film by +Tanya Sleiman
the list above is incomplete. to be updated.

• You can see me on Trey Radcliff's Hangout #8 my portion of the hangout starts at about 50 minutes in.

I could name about 100+ people who inspire me. It's just too many, so I'm going to do something slightly different here. 
here's the beginning of my favorite photog list. It is a work in progress.


In 1979, Lester Bangs wrote an article for The Village Voice about previous New Year's Eve dates. I was his date in 1976. Here is a brief excerpt.

"1976: I had been going out with this girl for a couple of months kinda scene-makin photog-lolligagin around Detroit. She'd decided I was a fag since one nite in Oct/Nov thereabouts at a Barry White concert when we'z sittin behind Ohio Players, the world's worst opening act, and she sez, re the bass player, "He's got a nice ass" and I sat up a bit to look and she gave me a weird stare and that was that. So anyway me and this snope-lobe keep a-datin', but no sex. I was clumsy and shy and she, well, I guess her cameras woulda got in the way."

You can find the entire article in his book Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung.

"Ultimately, Photography is subversive not when it frightens, repels or even stigmatizes, but when it is pensive, when it thinks." - Roland Barthes
Bragging rights
I survived the 1998 Montréal Ice Storm, the 2011 earthquake in NYC, Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Sandy
  • Concordia University Montreal
    BA English Literature, 1992
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