About

Leland Bobbé, a native New Yorker, has been a professional photographer for over 30 years.  His work spans both the fine art and commercial worlds and has been shown in galleries and utilized by advertising agencies around the country.

Bobbé’s award winning photographs tell more than they are showing.  The photographer’s images delve beneath the visible surface of the world we see and provide a glimpse of a hidden dimension that lies beneath. Like a poker player that blinks, each image has a “tell” … a crack in the facade that allows us to delve more deeply into the psychology and inner workings of his subjects.  Beneath his unflinching portraits of Women of Fifth Avenue, armored with make up, cosmetic surgery, and opulence, we see the frailty of old age and the specter of lost beauty. His beautiful portrait series, Neo-Burlesque perfectly captures the creativity and glitz of these performers in a classic studio setting and was exhibited in the spring of 2011 at The Museum of Sex (NYC).   His wind blown and forgotten umbrellas in Stormy Weather remind us that even the shields we devise to protect ourselves from the elements eventually succumb to their force. In his most recent series, New York City Wall Art, he is photographing the ripped, tattered and peeling posters that appear on many walls around New York. This creates an unintended collage affect and forces the viewer to deal with disparate elements that aren’t normally viewed together but do exist in reality.

His  series, Half-Drag offers a unique perspective on the drag queens behind the make up, while providing provocative social commentary on gender identity, normative ideas about gender roles, and the traditional male/ female paradigm. Not surprisingly, Half-Drag has gone viral, appearing on over thousands of blogs, websites and online magazines in over 30 countries including Vogue Italia, Huffington Post, ABC News, The Sundance Channel, AOL and MSN (please see Press tab for most recently media). He also appeared on the first guest segment on the newly launched HuffPost Live.

A fan of photographers like Steve Pyke, Garry Winogrand, Richard Avedon, and Harry Callahan and painters like Mark Rothko and Edward Hopper, Bobbé contends that his greatest influences lie elsewhere:

“I find my influence comes more from a state of mind fueled by rock and roll, Miles Davis and great films.  A boldness and simplicity runs through my work. In all of my portraits, although the subjects vary greatly, I always direct them in a similar way; which I think reflects my personality.  I find that the photos that might make me a bit nervous and uncomfortable to shoot are often my best.”

Awards and Clients

Clients

American Express, Bell South, Bravo, Citibank, Compaq, Dupont, History Channel, Humana Healthcare, Hyatt Hotels. Key Bank, Lotus, MCI, Met Life, Pace University, Palisades Insurance Company, Pfizer Inc., Sprint, Tecate Beer, Toshiba, Tropicana, United Parcel Service, U.S. Cellular, Visa.

Awards

2013

One Eyeland Photography Awards People/Portrait Bronze Award
dotArt URBAN Street Photography Contest & Exhibition
Best of ASMP 2013, Half-Drag
ASMP NY Image13 Photo Competition, Judge’s Choice, Half-Drag
The World Photography Gala Awards Jacob Riss Award

2012

One Eyeland Photography Awards, Bronze and Finalist
London International Creative Awards, Honorable Mention, Half Drag
International Loupe Awards 1 Silver 2 Bronze, Portraits

2011

International Loupe Awards,1 Silver 2 Bronze, Portraits
One Life Photography Competition, People
Color Awards, Photography Masters Cup, Portraits
World Photography Gala Awards B&W Competition, First Place Cityscapes and Street Photography
Px3 Prix de la Photographie Paris Official Selection
Creative Quarterly 22
Graphis 100 Best in Photography Gold Award

2010

International Aperture Awards, 1 silver, 2 bronze
Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, Silver Honorable Mention
Photo District News Photobook NYC Winner
PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, Peoples Choice 1st Place, Neo-Burlesque
ASMP Image ’10 Winner
American Photography 26 Competition, Chosen
Xto Nude Image Awards, Book Proposal, Neo-Burlesque
Artrom Gallery Top Ten Split Second Impulse, International Competition
5th Annual Black and White Spider Awards, Honor of Distinction
Graphis Photography Annual Gold Award, Neo-Burlesque

2009

International Aperture Award, 3 Bronze Awards, People and Portrait
Double Exposure Photographic and Digital Imaging Competition
Xto Nude Image Awards, Body Art,  Neo-Burlesque
International Color Awards, Photography Masters Cup, Portraits

2008

International Aperture Award, Abstract/Illustrative
International Color Awards, Photography Masters Cup, Abstracts

2006

London Photographic Awards, About Face II Portrait Competition

2005

London Photographic Awards, Silver Winner, Urbanscape With Figures
Print’s Creativity Award of Distinction

2003

Corbis Bettman Archives 100 Photo Contest Winner
PDN PIX Digital Imaging Contest: Website

2002

Print’s Creativity Award of Distinction

2001

USA American Graphic Design Award

1998

PDN Photo Design Competition Gold Award