“My goal is to offer my perspective as an American woman of color through my work as a photographer. My hardest task is to find a way into the mostly male roster of photographers working in fashion, advertising, and celebrity photography..to have a ‘seat at the table’, if you will..”
Old Army Jacket is all original work produced and photographed by Leleita Mckill. Having come of age in NYC while also traveling and backpacking around the globe, she has developed a great appreciation and passion for incorporating all of life’s beautiful diversity into her work. Leleita’s work covers art, fashion, and commercial projects with a strong emphasis on creating images that promote and celebrate diversity, the female presenting form, and the underrepresented. Her work has been featured in magazines, look books, catalogs, web and social media campaigns.
Jersey Shore Cosmetics
La La Bahari
Exhibitions and Programs:
- Starbucks Global Arts Program
- Bemis Arts Spring Fair 2017
- Bemis Arts Spring Fair 2018
- Photographic Center North West
- Seattle Office of Arts and Culture Artist Roster (current)
- Artists for Progress
- YWCA Stand Against Racism Artist Panel
Leleita cites as her influences the works of photographers, Gilles Bensimon, Patrick Demarchelier, Dana Scruggs, Peter Lindberg, Annie Leibovitz and Cindy Sherman. She is also greatly inspired by the untold history and stories of women in America, her 103 year old grandmother, the natural environment, breasts, lips, lines, hair, 90’s east coast hip hop,(think Black Moon, Wu Tang and Lil Kim) and her own female gaze.
Leleita’s studio is in Seattle Washington. She is often in LA, NY or anywhere else on the planet she can shoot.