Leo Touchet portrait
Photo by Elizabeth Burk

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My earliest memory of photography was at the age of six in my hometown of Abbeville, Louisiana when an uncle returned from World War II with boxes of photographs he had taken, and I have since wanted to travel. While in high school, I was selected to be the high school photographer. My equipment then was an old 4x5 Crown Graphic Camera with screw in flash bulbs.

After high school and a stint in the Army, I enrolled in Architecture school at the University of Southwest Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana Lafayette). There I was introduced to composition, form, light and perspective. My photography has since used all of these elements. Most of my photos are full-frame images, cropped in the camera.

I later worked in Cleveland and New York as a draftsman and later as an industrial designer. Eventually I became bored with working in an office on a drawing board. In July 1965, on a visit to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), I was captivated by the photos of Henri Cartier-Bresson. The next day, I bought a used Leica M2 camera and began photographing on the streets of New York.

The photography archives at MOMA were open to the public and most of my photography education resulted from my many hours studying photos of Cartier-Bresson, Paul Strand, Eugene Smith, Edward Steichen, Gordon Parks and many other photographers in the collection. Later that year, I bought a ticket to Vietnam to become a photographer.

Over the last 50 years, I've worked for numerous national and international publications, traveling to over fifty countries around the world. Following are some of the places my photographs have been:

                                             Leo Touchet 


REJOICE WHEN YOU DIE - The New Orleans Jazz Funerals (LSU Press 1998)
PEOPLE AMONG US - Photography by Leo Touchet (Photo Circle Press (2018)
AT THE RACES - Photography by Leo Touchet (Photo Circle Press (2018)
CHASING SHADOWS - Desert Sand Dunes (Photo Circle Press (2018)
FLOWERS - In Black & White (Photo Circle Press (2018)
CHILDREN AMONG US - Photography by Leo Touchet (Photo Circle Press (2019)

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Sir Elton John Photography Collection
New Orleans Museum of Art
Museum of Fine Arts (Houston)
Bibliotheque Nationale (France)
Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse)
Hofstra University Museum (Hempstead, New York)
Amistad Research Center (Tulane Univerity)
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York Public Library)
Albin O. Kuhn Library (University of Maryland Baltimore County)
Chase Manhattan Collection (New York)
United States National Park Service

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Life Magazine   <>   Time Magazine   <>   Newsweek Magazine
Fortune Magazine   <>   Money Magazine
U.S. News & World Report   <>   Country Journal
Natural History Magazine   <>   The New York Times
The Washington Post   <>   Boston Globe
The Southern Quarterly   <>   Southern Living
American Visions   <>   America Illustrated
Der Stern (Germany)   <>   Popular Photography
Panorama Magazine (Italy)

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Exhibitions & One Man Shows

Acadiana Center for the Arts (Louisiana)
Arizona State University    <>    Arkansas Art Center
Bibliotheque Nationale (France)   <>    Bradford College (Massachusetts)
Brooks Memorial (Memphis)   <>    Columbus Musuem (Georgia)
Everson Museum (Syracuse)   <>    Fotofest '92 (Houston)
Georgia Southern University   <>    Hofstra University (New York)
Louisiana State University   <>    Miami Art Center (Florida)
Mint Museum (North Carolina)   <>   Mississippi Southern University
New Orleans Public Library   <>   Oklahoma Art Center
Public Theater (New York City)   <>    Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto)
Texas Women's University   <>    University of Houston
University of Louisiana Lafayette   <>    University of Oklahoma
University of Texas   <>    University of West Florida

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Group Exhibitions

United States Bicentennial Exhibit to the
Soviet Union & Eastern Europe

Lauren Rogers Museum - Laurel, Mississippi

Four separate exhibits including public street banners
during the 39th Annual Photo Expo in Arles, France

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