Emiliano Leonardi Photography | Emiliano Leonardi

I am an emotion photographer, an artist, an entertainer and educator based in Germany. Since 1989 I have been passionate about capturing the world around me. And since 2011 I have been making a living with my passion, refining my skills and vision ever since.
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In 2011 I studied photography at the Open College of the Arts in London. Not feeling challenged by what books and academic knowledge offered, in 2012 I started assisting annually the renowned American fashion photographer Steve Thornton in Zingst (Horizonte Zingst Photo Festival), Milan, Sorrento, Tuscany, Paris, Oberstorf , Hamburg (Sunbounce), and Cologne (Photokina). I have assisted Mike Larson in Tuscany in 2014 as well.
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Numerous images of mine were published on academic, art performances and art journal publications, as well as various exhibitions such as the "Pflegeheim Project" (2017-2018), "House in Park" (2017-2018), "Be Litz" (2013), "Santa Cruz Boardwalk" (2014), "Jimmy" (2014), "Paper dress" (2018) and the ongoing "Family Project" (2014-today). The latter is part of continuous cooperation with artists worldwide in assignments such as the "Postcard Project" (2015), "Green Garbage" (2017) and "Pink Gorilla" (2017).
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I work together with national and international companies by giving shows, photowalks and workshops, educating my peers on groundbreaking photo tools I myself use. I annually present at Fotoerhardt in Westerkappeln, Umweltfotofestival in Zingst Salon der la Photo in Paris, Photo Plus in New York and WPPI in Las Vegas.
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My passion is the maternal and paternal connection, the emotional link. Patience and time are the at the core of emotion photography: it is key to understand the dynamics of every single family member and to let the children be aquatinted to my presence.
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My pictures are no studio snapshots, where the client goes to the photographer. I take pictures in and out of their comfort zone, capturing moments of their life, everyday things and features, artistic memorable photos in places, where they feel most at home.
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I guess growing up in an Italian environment makes me treasure every single relative: the bridges that unite and the walls that divide. It is vital to see the picture in its entirety: it shows us the most beautiful flaws that glue a family together.
Being a third generation Canon user, I have fully converted to Olympus in 2013. I exclusively use the EM1 MKII and EM5 MKII for assignments and clients. When I travel I prefer my trustworthy PEN-F: a pro camera disguised as a tiny analog camera. Lenses I never leave home without are the 17mm 1.8, 25mm 1.8, 75mm 1.8, 12-45mm 2.8, 7-14mm 2.8 and the 300mm.
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I offer a variety of private workshops to either groups (for companies and schools) or private 1 on 1 sessions. Feel free to contact me at: info@emilianoleonardi.com
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Pictures taken by: Steve Thornton, Mike Larson, Helmut Püllmanns, Jonathan Göpfert, students and photo workshop participants
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