about the artist
David Leaser was born in 1962 and grew up on a horse farm outside Hershey, Pennsylvania. He started taking pictures with a Polaroid Swinger on a first grade field trip, and he has been taking photographs ever since.
On a photographic assignment in the Amazon, Leaser became inspired to begin work on a new venture: highly detailed, close-up images of botanicals. Leaser is able to present to audiences botanical images as they’ve never been seen before: large format canvases that show flowers from a bees-eye view. By zooming in to macro range, the flowers are de-contextualized to draw the viewer in to explore the extreme detail that is often overlooked.
David Leaser was the only photographer selected to exhibit at the 2013 London Art Biennale. He was also awarded the Silver Medal at the International Photography Awards from among 80,000 entries from over 90 countries. Eleven of his works are now part of the permanent collection of the Huntington Museum.
Leaser holds a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree from the University of Southern California, where he received the Walter Annenberg Scholarship. Mr. Leaser is a member of the Professional Photographers of California and resides in Southern California with his wife and family.