Léonie Hampton's Biography / cv


Léonie Hampton was born in London in 1978. She lives and works in Devon, United Kingdom.

Léonie began her trade at the age of seven with a point-and-push Le Clic Camera. After graduating in Art History at University College London and SOAS in 2000, she continued her studies in Photography at the London College of Communication.

Within Still/Moving, she is currently working on a large scale and exciting project funded by The Arts Council England, as part of the Mayflower commemorations for September 2020.

Previously she has exhibited in solo and group shows in the U.K. France, The Netherlands, Scandinavia, Vienna, Italy and Canada. Successive photo-based projects have been funded by Wellcome Trust and the British Council and her 16-part photo Installation was purchased for the permanent collection of the MEP (Maison Européenne de la Photographie - Ville de Paris) in 2008.  In 2011 her award-winning 184-page book In the shadow of things was published by Contrasto (Italy).

Léonie is a part-time teacher for MA Documentary Photography at London College of Communication. She co-founded Still/Moving, an open, multidisciplinary platform, a space for people to come together through conversation and collaboration, where ideas can be supported to evolve into creative and educational ventures. Formerly known as Léonie Purchas, she has been professionally working as Léonie Hampton since 2010.


Solo Exhibitions

2018     Mend, Italian Cultural Institute. Curated by Marco Delogu, London, UK

2017     Mend, MACRO (Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma) Curated by Marco Delogu and Flavio Scollo, Rome, Italy   

2017     An archive in your pocket, Cinema Rediscovered, Watershed Curated by Mady Probst, Bristol, UK

2012     Anger, Tenderness and Joy Galerie Kahmann. Amsterdam, NL

2011      In the shadow of things, Fondazione Forma. Curated by Alessandra Mauro, Milan, Italy

2009    In the shadow of things, Foam (Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam) Curated by Colette Olof, NL

2007    In the shadow of things, Palazzo delle Esposizioni. Curated by Marco Delogu, Rome, Italy


Group Exhibitions

2019 Mend as part of Forthcoming group show about The Rome commission at the Museum of Rome, in April.

2019 Who’s looking at the family, now? Photo50, London Art Fair. Curated by Tim Clarke 

2018     Eternal City. Roma, The Photographic collection of The Royal Institute of British Architects. At the Monument to Vittorio                     Emanuele II, Gabriella Musto, Rome. Curated by Marco Luliano and Valaria Carullo

2017     UPTONOW: Fabrica Photography. Landskrona festival, Scandinavia 

2017     UPTONOW: Fabrica photography. Fotografia Europea festival Reggio Emilia, Italy

2016     In the shadow (Ap), iDocs, Watershed. Curated by Judith Aston and Mandy Rose, Bristol UK

2015     Way we live / Wie wir Leben, KUNST HAUS WIEN. Curated by Verena Kaspar-Eisert and Charlotte Desaga, Vienna, Austria

2015     In the shadow (Ap) The Rooms. Bristol UK

2014     Slideshow- In the shadow of things. Landskrona festival, curated by JH Engstrolm, Scandanavia

2014     In the shadow (Ap), iDocs. Curated by Judith Aston and Mandy Rose, Bristol, UK

2014     In the shadow (Ap), Encounters Film Festival. Curated by Rich Warren, Bristol, UK

2013     Festival of Photography, MACRO (Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma) Curated by Marco Delogu, Rome, Italy

2012     Hijacked 111. QUAD gallery, Format Photography festival. Curated by Louise Clements, Derby, UK

2012     Firecracker. Curated by Fiona Rogers, London, UK

2012     Magenta show, Toronto Book Fair, Canada

2012     Fishbar. Curated by Olivia Arthur and Philipp Ebeling, London, UK

2011      Paris Foto (Galerie Kahmann, Amsterdam) Paris, France

2009    6x6 Women, Studio La Citta. Curated by Enrico Bossan and Maria Rosa Sossai, Verona, Italy

2009    Just around the corner Capalbio Fotografia. Curated by Marco Delogu, Capalbio, Italy

2008    Artissima (Galleria VM21, Rome) Turin, Italy

2008    Views in collaboration with Emma Macfarlane Shunt Arches. Curated By Serena Bobowski, London, UK

2006    London Stories. Curated by Robin Maddock, Shoreditch Town Hall, London, UK

2005    Les Yeux Ouvert. Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2004    Jerwood Photography Award. Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK

2003    Jerwood Photography Award (Escape in Israel) Jerwood Space, London, UK

2003    The Ian Parry Award. Curated by Rebecca McClelland Camera Press, London, UK



2019 Nominated for a Prix Pictet Award. Geneva, Switzerland

2017     XV Edizione della Commissione Roma. Italy

2015     Nominated for a Prix Pictet Award. Geneva, Switzerland

2012     Awarded a Wellcome Small Arts Grant. London, UK

2011      In the shadow of things - nominated for the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize, London, UK

2010     Winner of the Prix Montblanc - L'Insense. France

2009    Winner of the Foam KLM Paul Huf Award. Amsterdam, NL

2008    Winner of the F Award. Milano, Italy

2008    Inge Morath Award Finalist, USA

2007    Winner of the Arts Foundation Fellowship for Photography. London, UK

2007    Selected by the Magenta Foundation for publication. Toronto, Canada

2006    Selected for the Joop Swart World Press Masterclass. Amsterdam, NL

2005    Awarded 15-month scholarship at Fabrica Italy, by the Benetton Group to collaborate on the Les Yeux Ouvert exhibition at                 Centre Pompidou in Paris. Treviso, Italy 

2004    Winner of a Jerwood Photography Award. London, UK

2004    Selected as one of the 30 Emerging Photographers by Photo District News. New York, USA

2003    Winner of the Ian Parry Memorial Scholarship. London, UK

2003    Winner of the Tom Webster Award. London, UK

2003    Winner of the Metro Bursary Award. London, UK