LEAH BENDAVID-VAL

Photography Books

LEAH BENDAVID-VAL writes and edits photography books. She is interested in how current perspectives shape photography and how photography shapes reality. She looks at how photographs work when juxtaposed to tell a layered story, how words and photographs can enlarge each other, and why they don’t always. She is the author of seven books.

From 1990 through 2009 Bendavid-Val was Director of Photography Publishing for National Geographic Books. In 2010 she joined the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars as a Senior Scholar, devoting three years to historical research for her book SIBERIA In the Eyes of Russian Photographers.

Bendavid-Val collaborated with the Library of Congress for her 1999 book Propaganda & Dreams: Photographing the 1930s in the USSR and the US. She worked with the Library again on her most recent book, Facing Change: Documenting America. She continues to collaborate with photographer Sam Abell on his influential books.

Leah Bendavid-Val has curated exhibitions for the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, the Pushkin Museum of Art, Moscow, and the American University Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.


Leah.BendavidVal@gmail.com