Leonora’s work explores issues surrounding diversity, specifically gender equality. ‘10%... and rising’ is a book project comprised of portraits and interviews with women working in male dominated professions - specifically where they make up less than 10% of the workforce. This body of work celebrates these women and explores their experiences of being in the minority as well as challenging our ideas on gender and ability and presenting memorable and inspiring portraits of these hidden role models in our society.

Recent and ongoing commissioned projects around the subject of gender and diversity include ‘The Athena Project’ in collaboration with CMS Cameron McKenna- portraits of women in the legal, government and financial sectors; ‘Against the Odds’, photographs and filmed interviews of female alumni for Birkbeck, University of London and ‘Prospect Pioneers’- a body of work celebrating women in STEM based roles for Prospect Union.

Leonora has a residency at Harris Academy, Bermondsey working with teenage girls looking at women in photography and female representation in imagery. She was a judge and guest speaker at the BITC Opportunity Now Awards 2015 and is a regular contributor to discussions looking at gender equality and the role of the image, including presentations at the TUC Congress, the TUC, Birkbeck, University of London and the Judicial Images project. She is also a champion of the First Hundred Years history project, documenting the journey of women in the legal profession.

The projects have been exhibited around the country and in London with The Athena Project being nominated for ‘Best Diversity Project’ at the 2014 Lawyer Management Awards and Prospect Pioneers highly commended at the TUC Media Awards, 2014.

Her work has featured in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, and The Evening Standard as well as The Royal Photographic Society Magazine and other photographic journals.

leonora@leonorasaunders.co.uk
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