Currently Based in New Jersey
Julian Leshay (He/Him) is an award-winning photojournalist based out of northern New Jersey. He began to photograph professionally amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic in 2020 and extensively covered the Black Lives Matter movement after the murder of George Floyd in New Jersey and New York, as well as Philadelphia and Washington D.C. His most popular work comes from covering the Capitol Hill Riot on January 6th, 2021. He is a member of the National Press Photographers Association and contributes frequently The Star Ledger and NJ.com, as well as independent media source WeekenderNJ.com.
Julian’s work has been featured in multiple publications locally and internationally. Most popular is his documentation of the Capitol Riot on January 6th in Washington D.C. His work was has featured in the Full Participation Human Rights Conference, International Center of Photography’s #Concerned exhibition, and was featured in former President Trump’s 2nd impeachment trial by Senator Joaquin Castro. (at 27:13)
Using his photography, Julian aims to create thought-provoking dialogue and questions about today’s societal issues. When Julian is not out covering protests and unrest in the North East, he is most likely found swinging from a hammock in a tree or broken down on the side of the road in his self renovated school bus.
Photo By David Zung
2021: Courage Under Fire Award from New Jersey Chapter - Society of Professional Journalists
2020: Social Justice Photo of the Year from Northern New Jersey Coalition
2021: History Grant from Englewood Public Library