About the Book
art is a personal opinion. like "formal" art, street art is a form of expression. it is not less than "art" because it resides in the street. all photos in this book were taken in New York City and represent a number of different styles and materials. many of them give a perspective on an urban landscape with people or other objects and illustrate part of the urban culture and the integration of expression with it.
Leanne Staples is primarily a street, social documentary and urban landscape photographer and artist. She was given her first camera at the age of 12 by her father. For many years her concentration was mainly as an architectural photographer. It was, as she has said, an obsessive pursuit for an unreal purity. One day, after being annoyed by people walking into her shot, she decided not to fight it anymore, to shoot people passing by the buildings. That began her venture into street photography! She started out in film and after some skepticism about digital, she finally made the transition in 2006. A self-described gonzo photog, you can find her on the streets with camera in hand searching for the perfect backdrop in which to shoot. A few things that she is always seeking out are shadows, reflections, patterns, motion blur, clouds, graffiti, and interesting people.