Leland Bobbé, a native New Yorker, has been a professional photographer for over 30 years. His work spans both the fine art and commercial worlds and has been shown in galleries and utilized by advertising agencies around the world.
Clients include American Express, Bell South, Bravo, Citibank, DuPont, Humana Healthcare, Hyatt Hotels, Key Bank, MCI, Met Life, Pfizer Inc., Sprint, Tecate Beer, Toshiba, UPS and Visa.
His Half-Drag series went viral and has appeared on website all over the world including Italian Vogue, ABC News, MSN, AOL and The Huffington Post.
A fan of photographers like Steve Pyke, Garry Winogrand, Richard Avedon, and Harry Callahan and painters like Mark Rothko, George Tooker and Edward Hopper, Bobbé contends that his greatest influences lie elsewhere:
“I find my influences come more from a state of mind fueled by my taste in music and great films. There is boldness and simplicity that runs through my work that I believe reflects my personality. New York City has been a huge influence on my photography and much of my work revolves around its people and its uniqueness. Photography to me is all about seeing, my eyes are always open.”
From Leland . . .“As an ex-musician I have always had a strong connection to people who play music. I know how hard it is to have a career in music and have a lot of respect for those who keep at it. My intention with this group of portraits was simply to take real and honest portraits of musicians close to my age who still play. I that find that older people's faces have much more character than younger people’s do. They have lived and it shows. This project has connected my past as a musician to my present as a photographer.”