Deb Leal

35mm photograph taken in 2014. Badlands National Park, UT, USA

Still life featured in Leal's first experimental short from the 'Limbo' series in 2011. This work was based off a dream Leal had in her youth.

Manual 35mm photograph taken during Leal's first meal out with friends in San Francisco, CA post-quarantine, 2021.

35mm photograph taken in 2019. Joshua Tree, CA, USA.

Digital Photograph taken in 2011 for Leal's senior thesis. Milwaukee, WI USA.

To be grounded and expansive all at the same time, Catalina & Ebony embody the sky. Earth & Air energies at play in this family portrait shot on medium format in Livermore, CA, USA,

"Sugar" by James Wavey (featuring Keri Shewmaker) is a music video and series of still photographs written, produced, and directed by Deb Leal in 2019. The song is a real-time confession of lovesickness and enveloping obsession as visuals explore the meaning of devotion while instilling a sense of psychic divide. Wavey’s 4th album, “Roses”, cradles lyrical vignettes as it travels through decades of musical influences covering humankind’s favorite topic: Love. Staying true to the album’s DNA, Leal pays homage to Carrie Mae Weems’, “The Kitchen Table Series”; a body of work discussing the contracts of social dynamics, while also carving out space for women to hold conversations within the Fine Art world.

35mm photograph taken on an afternoon with musical artists prior to the opening night of "Sugar", Leal's 2019 project. Pictured is Bryson Wallace, vinyl DJ now based in Portland, OR.

35mm photograph taken just before the height of the pandemic in 2020. Outside of Butte, MT, USA.

"Prieta Linda" reads script under the sitter's freshly healed portrait of her mother tattooed on her upper arm. Panoramic medium format photograph, 2021.

Directed & Shot by Deb Leal for the series "Corners" in collaboration with Filmmaker Syra McCarthy in 2019. Oakland, CA, USA.

Editorial shot for tiki-noir bar 'Last Rites' in San Francisco, CA USA in 2018

Photograph of Meryl Pataky & Allie Felton's collaborated piece, "The Hot Seat" for their show, "A Modern Guilt" at Pt. 2 Gallery in Oakland, CA.

Cocktail recipe by Christian "Suzu" Suzuki in collaboration with Jagermeister. Shot & Directed by Deb Leal in Benjamin Cooper in San Francisco, CA USA in 2018. Inspired by art history and Jagermeister's logo.

“Black Witch Moth”, named after Mariposa de la Muerte mythology (and to touch upon language barriers suffered between generations), was a moment in processing the death of Leal's grandmother. Finalist at The Roxie's Mixtape #4 in San Francisco, CA in 2017.

"Corners", a four part series in collaboration with Filmmaker Syra McCarthy in 2019. Oakland, CA, USA.

Milwaukee drag queen, Karen Valentine, shares her salon-style homage in between sets of "Legends of Drag" by directors Harry James Hanson & Devin Antheus. 35mm film, 2020.

Deb Leal

Deb Leal is a multidisciplinary artist using photography & cinematic practices to investigate the degrees of adaption between the erotic & the devout. She received her BFA in Fine Art Photography from The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and her work has been exhibited in galleries, festivals, and conferences including: The deYoung Art Museum, San Francisco; Connecting Perspectives, Consulate General of Canada in New York; LULAC National, Milwaukee; and has been archived in publications like “Book & Job Gallery: Find Rangers Magazine vol. 23”, San Francisco; and “Vad händer nu (What Happens Now): A Feminist Anthology” Malmö, Sweden. She is currently living and working in Oakland, CA.


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