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Leah Sobsey

Chapel Hill, NC

 

Leah Sobsey is an artist and educator. She received her M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001 and completed the Resident Certificate Program at the Maine Photographic Workshops in 1997. Her work has been exhibited widely and is in private collections across the country. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants. She has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, Duke University, The Maine Photographic Workshops and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. She utilizes photography as a preservation tool, a way to understand, interpret and create memory.

Her series Lumen Love, made during the pandemic on daily walks in Duke Forest, is a poetic examination of light and the natural world. These Antholumen photograms were created with expired silver gelatin paper, exposed to the sun, and coated with a mix of natural plant materials as a way to alter the color and explore alchemy. Utilizing historical, scientific and artistic lenses, Sobsey aims to understand the connection to plant and animal loss as one indication of the larger climatological perils we face as a species. 


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