Leah Norwood is a 19-year-old Los Angeles County-based Documentary Photographer
Leah was born in Harbor City, CA and raised in between Long Beach and the Bay Area. Leah has always been an observer with and without the camera. As a child, Leah was described by her mother as “analyzing almost every aspect of her environment…detective”. Once developing an interest in photography at the age of 14, Leah began making her own photography zines and selling them to pay for film and processing. Leah has always had a business mindset while starting her first online pin and t-shirt shop at the age of 13.
Leah is a self-driven and motivated individual, all of her work alludes to the arranged notion that people of color can not show emotions deemed “white”. Through Leah’s work, it is apparent that she chooses to not only expose the realities of people of color, also shows a vastly different perspective of people of color that people choose to be Blinded by.Long Beach is her home, this city birthed her creative expression, the diversity of this town has allowed her to understand a variety of individuals, as well as can be partially thanked for her artistic development. Leah has chosen art as a pathway to express one’s self through the images of others.