Gary Leonard

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Bio from the Symphony in Steel website:

Gary Leonard has been a photojournalist for over thirty years. His beat is all things Southern California. A native son (born and raised in Encino, currently residing in Echo Park), Gary Leonard loves Los Angeles.

"Take My Picture Gary Leonard," his renowned weekly photo-column, currently appears in Los Angeles CityBeat and Valley CityBeat. To see a portfolio, go to

His photographs are regularly featured in L.A. Downtown News, and has appeared in publications from Coagula Art Journal to the New York Times, and many more.

“No one has an eye on L.A. quite like Gary Leonard. His new book is abundant proof of his power of observation (even if he didn't take my picture).” -Steve Harvey, "Only in L.A." columnist, Los Angeles Times

”Gary Leonard’s photography captures the humanity, heart, and humor of the City of Angels as no one else can. Gary and his work are a true Los Angeles treasures.” -Richard Riordan, former mayor, City of Los Angeles

“Every time I’m anywhere, Gary Leonard either got there before me or just as I was leaving. Symphony in Steel is another successful creative project for Gary, who over the years has always seemed to capture the heart and soul of Los Angeles.” -Huell Howser, host, PBS’s California’s Gold

Gary's original photo of Darby Crash served as the basis for Shepard's 2004 print Darby.

Gary Leonard's Darby Crash

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