Leon Rose

I'm an observer. I guess I always have been, from my early years when I was a severe epileptic child.

I wasn't able to participate in a lot of what the other kids did, so I had to sit back with my parents and watch, to my early adulthood, where I was cleared of my epilepsy and broke free spending 9 years away from home and traveling as far and wide as life would take me.

I never went far without a camera, my first was given to me by my father at the age of 13. When I was 18 I decided to fly to Israel to start my O.E. Nine years passed and my camera and I traveled extensively through The Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Africa before making our way back down to NZ to train as a photographer under the tutelage of two very talented image makers.

22 years later, I find myself still as passionate about observation as ever. Having the opportunity to Photograph people and places every day and in any given environment is where I find my inner peace.

This years exhibition showcases work I shot for humanitarian projects in Africa and Bangladesh, my inspiration has always come from Magnum agency photographers in particular Brian Brake and Steve McCurry.

I am based in Silverdale on the Hibiscus coast.

A percentage of all print sales will go back to the projects helping more children to live better lives.

5 questions, 5 answers

Do you have a favourite colour?

Love all colours

How do you take your coffee?


Is there something you can't live without in your studio

The world is our studio

Who is your favourite artist of all time + now? Why?

Brian Blake - absolute observer

5 words that explain you or your art?

Moody, Observation, Beauty, Intimate, Authentic