Leah Sobsey is an artist and educator raised in Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina. Her Commitment to community and the arts was formed at an early age at Carolina Friends School. She received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001 and a BA in Anthropology and Sociology from Guildford College in 1995. She graduated from the Maine Photographic Workshops in 1997 (now the Maine Media College's Professional Certificate Program). She works in both traditional and digital photography, mixed media installations and public art. She has exhibited nationally in galleries, museums and public spaces, and her work is held in private and public collections across the country. She taught at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Maine Photographic Workshops, and currently teaches at the Center for Documentary studies at Duke University (2002 to present) and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro since 2003.
My practice considers photography as it relates to memory. My work explores memory and the notion of collections as they relate to personal and public identities. Different from Bechers "cataloging" and Anna Atkins "direct documentation," I work at the intersection of science, art and wonder, and the exploration of photographic historical processes intertwined with digital technology. I'm interested in the bridging of history, both technologically and metaphorically, as a way to connect to the present and explore process as a concept and metaphor.