Léonie Hampton's Biography / cv


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

Léonie Hampton began to photograph 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.

Since then 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 128-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 and runs Still/Moving, a not-for-profit organisation hosting film and photography work-shops and seminars. 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,


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,


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


Group Exhibitions

2017   UPTONOW: Fabrica Photography. Landskrona festival, Scandinavia 

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

2015   Wie wir Leben, KUNST HAUS WIEN. Curated by Verena Kaspar Eisern, Vienna

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


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

            Marco Delogu, 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

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



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

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

             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


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