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I am so pleased to have my photo New York Dolls included in the prestigious journal LA+ accompanying an article on the sex industry in New York City by Magdalena Sabat. For more information on LA+ #newyorkcity #photography #taxi #blur #newyorkdolls
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2015 was a great year for my photo tours of New York City! I had clients from London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Israel, Sydney, Belgium, Lisbon, Cannes, Switzerland, Paris, Germany, Ottawa, Melbourne, Toronto, Houston, that's a short list! My tours are for people interested in street photography, urban landscapes, street art and the culture and history of New York City. I have tour suggestions and I also create custom tours for all levels of experience. Have a look at my site at
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It's been quite a year! I've taken about 20,000 photos! Done a number of photo tours with some really fabulous people from everywhere around the world and also working on a double decker tour bus giving tours of New York City. I am also writing whenever I can steal the time. So many things to do and so little time. I'm looking forward to the New Year and completing ongoing projects as well as hoping that 2016 will be the year I go solo, when I can work for myself!
#NewYorkCity #photography #photo #tours #art #photobasedart #NewYear #Harlem #raindrops #drivebyshooting #windows #architecture
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Shoot New York City is my website for walking tours of New York City, with or without camera. I have a number of suggested tours on my site or I can make a custom tour for you based on your interests including street photography. You can also see reviews from previous clients. My tours are 365 days a year!
#NewYorkCity #Brooklyn #urbanlandscape #photography #tours #streetphotography
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Que beleza ano todo.
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Greenwich Village in autumn colors
Taken on a recent photo tour. I also teach photo techniques like intentional camera movement. For more information on my tours visit
#NewYorkCity #GreenwichVillage #Fall #Autumn #intentionalcameramovement #blur #painterly #trees #phototours #photography
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This is my first print available through Curious Supply. More will be available soon!
Sometimes the familiar is all too familiar and every once in awhile the familiar can reveal itself in a new manner, to see that which is beyond the surface. Double exposure and intentional camera movement. New York City, 2015. Details Printed with vibrant archival pigment inks on 270gsm archival satin paper. Available in sizes A4 (8.27 x 11.69 inches) and A3 (11.7 x 16.5 inches) including a white border on all sides. Sold unframed and without a ...
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once upon a time. recent photo in Soho.
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Review by Nicolette
A very nice experience. If you want to see New York City with the guidance of a photographer, then go on one of Leanne’s tours! Only she will explain the necessary tips to take great photos and its advantage Is that it she knows NYC as a person who lives here. She’ll tell you the stories of John Lennon and the store that dressed people like the Sex Pistols. Where lived Andy Warhol before being known and it moves from anecdote to anecdote and the NYC that is more than the eye can see! I am looking forward to returning and taking another tour with her!
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‪#‎NewYorkCity‬ ‪#‎Manhattan‬ ‪#‎EastVillage‬ ‪#‎GreenwichVillage‬ ‪#‎photography‬ ‪#‎tour‬
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* Yummy walking photo tour
We barely managed to catch our breaths from our most recent Harlem photography walking tour, a truly eye-opening for both the point-and-shoot novice and the experienced photographer.
Leanne took us on a visual enlightening tour to some of the most interesting and exciting locations in Harlem, showing us different aspects and angles of Harlem which we never knew existed and never would have found on our own.
Leanne shared a lot of her knowledge, by explaining to us powerful street photography techniques, discussing ethics of street photography, approaching strangers for street portraits as well as dealing with difficult situations that might pop up.
We defined strategies for capturing the rich daily life of people on the street and selected spots with a lot of foot traffic with an interesting background and waited for people to come to us. The subjects entered our 'space '. In this way we felt much more comfortable photographing them.
All levels of photographic experience can benefit from Leanne's NYC walking photo tours, a great way of learning more about photography while enjoying the sights and sounds of Harlem.
We highly recommend this tour for anyone traveling to New York. - Luc, Patricia & Leonor, Cairo & Lisbon
#NewYorkCity #Harlem #streetphotography #photo #tour
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Review by Gary, for my photo tour
"After googling the internet, I signed up with Leanne after reading several of her reviews. I will rate my experience as 5 star. I really liked her professional, easy-going approach. She questioned me before we ever met to get a sense of my photographic style and interest. Once I was there, she took me to several locations that had great places to see and photograph. During the tour she gave me excellent tips on what I wanted to learn more about regarding my process. Leanne has the knowledge and experience to help you get the most out of your photographic tour. I will certainly use her again on my next trip to NYC!" - Gary, Houston,Texas
#NewYorkCity #Manhattan #IconicTour #architecture #photography #BlackandWhite #FlatironBuilding 
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Review by Catherine, New Zealand
"After spending a day with Leanne exploring Harlem, Coney Island, and Brighton Beach, I can highly recommend her as a guide with whom you can authentically explore the multitude of faces that, together, make up New York City. Leanne is a talented street photography who has an easy way of imparting her knowledge of the city surrounds and the art of photography. All in all a highly enjoyable way to spend the day!" - Catherine, New Zealand
#NewYorkCity #Harlem #EastHarlem #ElBarrio #streetphotography #streetart #Picasso #phototour
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on Lafayette
taken on a recent photo tour in Noho. Oh, you can buy an apartment directly across the street for $12.5 million!!! My tours are all year around. Hey this is New York City!!!
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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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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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