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Leonard Jewler retired in 2015 from a career as a technology consultant and manager at a nonprofit consulting company, where he specialized in healthcare software development. He now devotes himself increasingly to photography in which he has had a lifelong interest. Leonard subscribes to Berenice Abbott’s assertion that “photography helps people to see.” He is drawn to the abstract elemental beauty in everyday scenes and attempts to capture this beauty through unconventional perspective and composition. He also seeks to capture images of people in their myriad interactions with the built environment.

Leonard was born in Washington, D.C. and, after living in Boston and New York, resides in his hometown. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and performed graduate studies in regional planning at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He left Harvard to open an early natural food store in Cambridge, Massachusetts; ran a small farm with goats and chickens; traveled across Europe on a Triumph motorcycle; and lived for several months on his sister Sarah’s commune in southern Oregon. In the 2000s, he created a software system that improves patient safety by alerting hospitals to recalled products in their inventory. 

Leonard has had a life-long interest in family history. Over the years, he has conducted interviews of older family members and these have served as the basis of the two books he has written on his maternal and paternal family histories.

Leonard’s photos were accepted in the following juried exhibits:

• Sep. 2021: “Framed: Shadow and Light” exhibition, Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon

• Sep. 2021: Labor Day Art Show, Glen Echo Park, Maryland

• Dec. 2020: “Alone/Together” international exhibition, IncuArts Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii

• Sep. 2020: “Us: What divides us and what unites us” international exhibition, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC

• Sep. 2020: “100 Days of Solitude” exhibition, Photoworks Gallery, Glen Echo Park, Maryland

• Jul. 2020: “Let the Sun Shine In” exhibition, LightBox Gallery, Astoria, Oregon

• Apr. 2020: “Perspectives 9th Annual Open Call” exhibition, Honorable Mention, Capitol Hill Art League, Washington, DC

• Oct. 2019: “The Shape of Things” exhibition, Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

• Jul. 2019: “America is…” exhibition, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC

• Mar. 2019: “TREEmendous” exhibition, Hill Center Galleries, Washington, D.C.

• Jan. 2019: “Street shooting around the world” exhibition, Los Angeles Center of Photography, LA, California

 • Nov. 2018: “Liberty” exhibition, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, California

 • Apr. 2018: “National Juried Photography Exhibition”, Morpho Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

 • Feb. 2018: “Let there be light (and shadow)”, Umbrella Arts Gallery, New York, New York

 • Nov. 2017: “For the Record: D.C. Neighborhoods” exhibition, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

 • Jul. 2017: “Resist” exhibition, Zenith Gallery, Washington, D.C.

 • Feb. 2017: “Sightlines: Photoworks Faculty and Students” exhibition, Photoworks Gallery, Glen Echo Park, Maryland

 • Oct. 2016: “Photo ’16” exhibition, Multiple Exposures Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia

 • Sep. 2016: Labor Day Art Show, Glen Echo Park, Maryland

 • Apr. 2016: “For the Record: Changing D.C.” exhibition, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

 • Sep. 2015: Labor Day Art Show, Glen Echo Park, Maryland

 • Apr. 2015: “For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C.” exhibition, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.