Leon Borensztein

Adjunct Faculty
Photography and MFA Faculty

Leon Borensztein is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose areas of focus are in psychological portraiture and documentary. Recently he has had two books published by Nazreli: "American Portraits, (1979-1989)" and "Portraits ii". A previous book, "One is Man, One is Superman", was published by Chronicle Books. His work was recently shown at Pier 24. He is currently working on a book about his daughter which is a culmination of  thirty years of documenting the trials and joys of caring for a disabled person. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, his work is in major collections in museums across the country. His book, "Sharon" will be published in 2015 by Kehrer, a German publisher.


  • MFA with Honors San Francisco Art Institute, 1980
  • BA Art and Geography, University of Haifa, 1974  

Favorite Quote/Saying/Bit of Advice:

I do not believe that the task of an artist is;
to applaud, flatter or judge
but rather to question and to provoke

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