Leo Jahaan - Artist

About the Artist

Leo Jahaan is a British/Australian citizen, currently based in Berlin, Germany.

Jahaan has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Venice and Berlin, with work featured in such diverse publications as:

“SciArt in America”, “Art Ascent”, “Diagram”, “The State of Art” and “Issues in Science & Technology”.

About the Art


Photography [...] is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world. [1]

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing. [2]

We see things not as they are but as we are. [3]

To see is to forget the name of the thing one sees. [4]

When I photograph, what I'm really doing is seeking answers to things. [5]

What is important is not what you think about [photographs], but how they enlarge you. [5]

All things have unique spatial and temporal qualities which visually define and relate them. [5]

I'm looking for the unexpected. I'm looking for things I've never seen before. [6]

I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them. [7]

Nothing exists until or unless it is observed. An artist is making something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it. [8]

What the human eye observes casually and incuriously, the eye of the camera ... notes with relentless fidelity. [9]

My quest, through the magic of light and shadow, is to isolate, to simplify and to give emphasis to form with the greatest clarity. [10]

The creation of a photograph is experienced as a heightened emotional response, most akin to poetry and music, each image the culmination of a compelling impulse I cannot deny. [10]

A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective. [11]

[1] — Arnold Newman

[2] — Publilius Syrus

[3] — Anaïs Nin

[4] — Paul Valery

[5] — Wynn Bullock

[6] — Robert Mapplethorpe

[7] — Diane Arbus

[8] — William S. Burroughs

[9] — Berenice Abbott

[10] — Ruth Bernhard

[11] — Irving Penn