“Different - Different, yet the same,” -- as the saying goes.

It is the recognition of our common humanity that drives me as a photographer.  Street portraits of children and adults are chance encounters. Building on a two-way trust where the subject reveals some truth, layers of pretense are removed to show a private face, an authentic soul.  The resulting images capture the spontaneous energy of a special moment and, like a rock thrown into a pond with ever widening circles, reveal who we are through our clothes, food, homes, buildings, ceremonial, and religious objects.  I view our everyday objects and rituals as a sacred part of our being; they paint an intimate portrait of the human family.

“Same-same, yet different.” 


Leba Marquez was born in Chicago and has lived in California since she was six years old. She received a BA from University of California at Berkeley where she studied Anthropology and Fine Arts. Returning to Los Angeles, she became a teacher and eventually moved into counseling and administration for the public schools while she pursued additional academic studies in Humanities in Santa Fe, New Mexico at St. John’s College during the summers. Currently, she continues her role as an educator at the California State University at Northridge where she mentors and supervises student-teachers.

Leba has exhibited widely in exhibitions at the Los Angeles Center of Photography, the Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado, the Texas State University at San Marcos in the Wittcliff Collections, the San Antonio Central Public Library, The Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene, Texas, the TCC Photo Gallery in Texas, and the Photo Place Gallery in Vermont among others. Her work has been published in The Seattle News, and she has garnered awards from Leica, the Texas Photographic Society, and Clickers and Flickers Photography Network. Leba’s work has been juried by Sam Abell, Keith Carter, Stephen McLaren, David L. Coleman, Ann Jastrab, Phil Borges, and Julia Dean.  She lives in North Hollywood, California and often visits her son and his family who live in Singapore.