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Photo: Richard Leonardi
Photo: Richard Leonardi

Richard LeonardiRichard Leonardi - a U.S. born and trained professional photographer based in Nicaragua - offers his services as a freelance photographer for photography assignments in Nicaragua and Central America. Leonardi's ample international experience, fluency in English and Spanish and clean documentary style make him an interesting locally-sourced option for NGO's, non-profits, government aid and other agencies; as well as international corporations and for editors of periodicals, magazines and books in need of photography in Nicaragua. Richard Leonardi also has a limited selection of Nicaragua stock photography. These Nicaragua archive or stock photos are available for viewing upon request.

Newspaper, magazine and book photo editors contract Richard as a photojournalist in Nicaragua. Fully bilingual, Richard works well on his own or in combination with visiting journalists. Corporate annual editors and university marketing departments also take advantage of a locally sourced photographer to utilize Richard Leonardi for photographs of local operations and/or visiting staff.

Photography for NGO's, non-profits and government agencies in Nicaragua and across Latin America interested in illustrating the success of their project with quality people and/or infrastructure images. Leonardi is an ideal solution for international or local non-profits in need of photography in Central American, sourcing a bilingual American freelance photographer based in Nicaragua.



Richard Leonardi selected in 2013 as one of the world's best 100 documentary photographers by Hong Kong non-profit Global Institute for Tomorrow

Richard Leonardi's professional photography has been published in Europe, Latin America and the United States by such periodicals as the Washington Post, The Observer (London), Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, Sunday Telegraph (London) and magazines like Cigar Aficionado (M. Shanken Communications, New York City), Explore Magazine (HCP Publishing, Miami), United Airlines' Hemispheres Magazine (Ink Publishing, Brooklyn, NY), Going Places Magazine (SpaFax Publishing, London)and PM Network (Imagination Publishing, Chicago). NGO's and non-profit's like ICS Hub, VSO (Surrey, England), Bread for the World (Washington, D.C.) and PBS (New Hampshire) and American Universities Xavier and Boston College, as well as other international corporations and organizations have contracted Richard for photographic work in Nicaragua. Richard's documentary photography has been exhibited in the central gallery of the Nicaraguan National Museum, where his work is held in permanent collection. A graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and full-time resident of Nicaragua since 1996, Leonardi is also an internationally recognized expert on Nicaragua and the founder of Nicaragua's first eco tour company. He is the author (text and photos) of the first European-published guidebook on the country: Footprint Nicaragua (Bath, England) and editor of landmark documentary photography book The Nicaraguans (Medellin, Colombia). Richard Leonardi has been a contributor to numerous other books on Nicaragua, as well as authoring magazine articles and influential essays on Nicaragua's politics, culture, history and nature. He spends free time working on reforestation and wildlife conservation at his private nature park, the Lost Canyon Nature Reserve,


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