Leila Morrissey is a New York City-based photographer.
Born in Melbourne, Australia to punk artist parents in 1978, Leila grew up around music, art and a host of colorful — and sometimes crazy — characters. She did her schooling in Sydney before heading back to Melbourne at 19. She studied photography at prestigious art school RMIT, graduating with a grade average of distinctions in Applied Photography.
Upon graduating Leila traveled to India, eventually ending up as photo editor of Rave Magazine, India's answer to Rolling Stone. After a year, she returned to Melbourne and established her own photography business, focusing on band press shots and commercial work for magazines and websites. In 2010, she packed her bags to move to New York and is now residing in Brooklyn.
Leila’s photography is varied, to say the least. She is a veteran rock photographer, having shot hundreds of bands live and in the studio. She has also shot portraits and fashion spreads. Whatever the context, she allows the subject's personality shine through an image. She photographs subjects with a minimum of direction, making them as comfortable as possible, aiming to capture the essence of the person by allowing them to express themselves however they choose.
Leila’s work has been exhibited in New York and Australia, including a show for Arts in Bushwick's open studios in 2012. Her photos have been published in a variety of magazines and online outlets, including NME, Ladygunn, Frankie, Jmag, Inpress, The Vine, Flavorpill, MX and more.
Leila has also done various video work, including acting as DOP on a short film ("Handle With Care") and also for an ABC documentary on the NY music scene. She has also shot video for Flavorpill and Australian band PNAU's press kit.