PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE HEART
PORTRAITS OF THE MAASAI MARA TRIBE
The exhibition Photography From the Heart at Berkeley College Art Gallery marked the New York solo debut for photographer Leah Morgan. Displayed for the first time were Leah’s portraits of the Maasai Mara Tribe. The exhibition was on view from January 10 through January 31, 2013.
Originally from Chicago, Ms. Morgan is a New York-based photographer who studied photography from 2003 to 2007 at The New School. She also studied the history of art and architecture at The American University of Rome, Italy, in 2007. She participated in an independent study with the program coordinator for National Geographic Expeditions in Europe and focused on landscape photography and of people in their environment. Next, as a research assistant for the University of Athens, Greece, she photographed the Posidonia erosion in the Aegean Sea. Earlier this year, while visiting Kenya, Africa, she encountered people from the Maasai Mara tribe and captured intimate portraits of the people in the community.
Ms. Morgan says she is continually inspired by the diverse people, cultures and scenes that she experiences on her travels. “I have always been a curious person in search of answers and truths – both personal and universal, she said. “For me, photography is about discovery and finding ways to better understand the world around me. I chose the medium because it best provides me with the opportunity to create art that is immediate, natural and from the heart.”
Bob Keiber, Berkeley College Curator, added, “I find Leah’s photos dramatically stunning, yet still very personal.”
Ms. Morgan also lends her photography to support charitable causes. Recently, she started Cards for Kids, a project in which all proceeds go to various charities committed to improving the lives of children.