Joe Leavenworth

Joe Leavenworth (b. 1985) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Working across documentary, narrative, and experimental forms of photography, Joe focuses on human connection to acknowledge, inquire, and reflect on independent and collective contemporary American experiences – differences and commonalities. Joe received his MFA from UC Riverside and holds a BFA in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He is the recipient of the Gluck Teaching Fellowship (2016 & 2017), finalist for The Print Center’s 95th Annual (2020), finalist for the Film Photo Award's New Project Award (2019), and nominee for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation's Emerging Artist Grant (2018). Joe's first monograph, Native Son, was published by VUU (2014 & 2015) and is held in the special collections libraries of the Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art. Joe has exhibited widely, and his pictures have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, T Magazine, W, The Fader, TOPIC, Bloomberg Businessweek, PDN, and Burnaway, among others. He has taught photography at several institutions, including UC Riverside, The Cooper Union, and the International Center of Photography. His second monograph, Ayngel, will be published in 2021.


Joe Leavenworth: A Sort of Fiction