Given today’s surfeit of images–when photographs taken on a mobile phone can effectively change public discourse – documentary photography is asked to be even more technically and aesthetically sophisticated to gain any traction from viewers. Laure Leber has focused her lens on her subjects with an exceptional commitment and grace that reminds us how a medium can transcend genre to become art. Working within a community of underground artists in New York since the mid-Eighties, Leber has produced a body of work that is not about well-known art stars but rather about voices central to the scene. Her portraits, ongoing unfolding histories that in many cases now span decades, are as much about the nature of creativity as they are about the idiosyncratic personalities in front of her lens….
By Carlo McCormick, Photograph Magazine