Zoe Leonard, ‘Installation view of Zoe Leonard, Strange Fruit’, 1992-1997, Whitney Museum of American Art

Image rights: Photo by Graydon Wood

Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Purchased with funds contributed by the Dietrich Foundation and with the partial gift of the artist and the Paula Cooper Gallery, 1998, courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

About Zoe Leonard

Zoe Leonard’s work includes sculpture and installation, much of it politically driven, but she is primarily a photographer who discards technical questions in favor of a more experiential approach to images and media. “For me photography is intrinsically about observation,” Leonard has said. “It's about being present in and having a certain perspective on, the world around me. It's not so much about creating, or my imagination—as drawing, for instance, may be. It's more about responding.” She is also concerned with how something materializes as an image, such that its materiality and framing are as important as its content. Leonard received the Whitney's Bucksbaum Award in 2014.

American, b. 1961, Liberty, New York, based in New York, New York