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Leon Cato
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Resist the temptation to suppress any emotion that wants to be felt. Not everything has to be fixed. Let every difficult moment have a place where it can breathe without restriction. Unaltered. Unchanged.
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With the news that Jazz Jennings is becoming the new face to represent a skincare range, transgender acceptance is becoming more widespread. Now, more than ever before, the media is giving column space and TV time to those that undergo physical transitions in order to live their lives authentically.

Art is often controversial, sometimes challenging and always a medium for truth. I'm proud to use my art as a way of exposing controversy, challenge and truth. We are here to have a life experience, to ask questions and to consider all that we see.

Open your eyes, use your mind and respect the choices of others.

#leoncato #documentaryphotography #visualart
Now, perhaps more than ever before, black people are joining forces and standing up for their rights and recognition. Yet, there is still disharmony within that same united front when it comes to accepting our transgender brothers and sisters....
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If you haven't already checked out the work of Santu Mofokeng, I recommend taking a look. Always good to appreciate visual art from others.

#SantuMofokeng #photography #exhibition
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I hope this documentary offers some education to those still in the dark when it comes to transgender existence. I hope it offers encouragement to those who don't yet feel accepted for the path they choose. Most of all I hope it helps pave the way for each person of color that, regardless of their gender, there will indeed be a day where they will truly feel free at last.

#leoncato #blacklivesmatter #thetimeisnow
Now, perhaps more than ever before, black people are joining forces and standing up for their rights and recognition. Yet, there is still disharmony within that same united front when it comes to accepting our transgender brothers and sisters....
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it's life. deal with it and stop crying like an iddy biddy baby.
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Soaking up artistic inspiration and feeling excited about new projects in the pipeline.
#leoncato #visualart #nyc
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For my London based creative crew.
#black #british #photography 
Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s is at the Black Cultural Archive (bcaheritage.org.uk) until 30 June and at the V&A from 16 February to 24 May (vam.ac.uk)
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Childhood memories have now taken on a bittersweet recollection. I see past moments flicker before me like images on a silver screen. So exquisitely beautiful yet loaded with a pain I never would have chosen to taste.
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In honor of fierce females everywhere. These are for you:
Celebrate who you are without omitting your flaws. Your quirks just add to your color. Don't dim your light for anyone else's sensitive eyes. Walk tall and hold your head high. Wild hair and all. You're a beautiful badass. Make them remember your name.
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One for the Londoners.
#photography #blackbritish 
New exhibit highlights groundbreaking documentary images of black beauty and life by some of Britain's most prolific black artists.
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I've had an amazing response to my project published on The Huffington Post. It's great to have sparked debates and got people talking about an issue that remains a taboo. Part of being an artist means confronting controversy and finding ways to shine light on different perspectives. It also means honoring the subjects who are brave enough to share part of themselves and their journey. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to like, share and comment - it means a lot to me.

#leoncato #blacklivesmatter #thetimeisnow
Now, perhaps more than ever before, black people are joining forces and standing up for their rights and recognition. Yet, there is still disharmony within that same united front when it comes to accepting our transgender brothers and sisters....
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"I hope this documentary offers some education to those still in the dark when it comes to transgender existence. I hope it offers encouragement to those who don't yet feel accepted for the path they choose. Most of all I hope it helps pave the way for each person of color that, regardless of their gender, there will indeed be a day where they will truly feel free at last".

#leoncato #documentaryphotography #blackvoices #transgender
Now, perhaps more than ever before, black people are joining forces and standing up for their rights and recognition. Yet, there is still disharmony within that same united front when it comes to accepting our transgender brothers and sisters....
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"As a photographer, it is my aim to explore and examine what is presented to my lens. I take layers and light and capture not only what I see clearly, but also that which is less willing to be seen. Or perhaps, that which is less likely to be accepted. My photo documentary of the transition of Naechané Valentino Romeo from female to male was one that spanned a twelve month period. During this time, I not only saw changes from a physical aspect, but also from a social context as well. Each click of the shutter was accompanied by a level of acceptance or non acceptance, the latter seemingly the more frequent".

See my documentary featured on The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/leon-cato/why-black-history-still-hasnt-paved-way-black-transgender-people_b_6768850.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices#

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Freelance Photographer and Photography Instructor
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I am a portrait photographer with a proven track record of delivering high quality, imaginative images to a variety of clients in London and New York.
Employment
  • Leon Cato Photography
    Owner, present
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Professional Freelance Photographer
Introduction

I am a portrait photographer with a proven track record of delivering high quality, imaginative images to a variety of clients in London and New York.

Commission deliverables:

• Listening to your needs and understanding your specific requirements

• Realizing and capturing a portrait in a style that best reflects you or your brand

• Clear and concise communication from introduction through to completion

• Professional and efficient service that works for your business or individual purpose

I have previously had work highlighted in a variety of publications including The Independent and Creative Boom. 

With a diverse portfolio ranging from musicians to charities, and fashion brands to corporate clients I am adept at communicating on all levels and crafting visual solutions that creatively deliver desired results. 

I am also an independent photography instructor with an ability to engage with students and a history of delivering successful training techniques. 

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Clients include Pepsico, Kick The Can Entertainment, Airbnb, OPR Communications, Pants to Povert, SwaggaMuffin & Katrina Browne London.
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New York
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