Reviews & Other Press

Here are the highlights of recent reviews and other press for Allowed to Grow Old from the last month.

"A poignant creation. . . . one of the things that is so remarkable about the portraits – you can see each animal's personality; their singularity and distinction. Each is a beautiful, living individual, not some abstract "thing" produced en masse at a factory for the purpose of fueling humans....Allowed to Grow Old opens a window into possibilities that most of don't think to imagine: What would that cheap, supermarket chicken have become if given the chance?"

"For each picture, Leshko approaches her subjects with the same dignity that she would a human being, taking the time to get to understand each of the animal's mannerisms and unique personalities. Since most of these rescues come from places of extreme cruelty such as slaughterhouses and factory farms, Leshko's special care and patience is crucial to building trust between animal and artist."

"That’s what makes the photos so special — and so arresting. When seeing a 33-year-old horse or a 28-year-old goose depicted in a dignified yet unflinching way, it’s difficult not to dwell on the inevitabilities humans and animals share. And, regardless of where a person falls on the meat-eating vs. vegetarian spectrum, it’s also hard to avoid thinking about an animal’s ability to experience pain and fear, as well as pleasure and contentment."

“Allowed to Grow Old is an acknowledgment of the failings of the human race–grave injustices perpetrated against unseen and unheard animals. It’s also a tribute to the power of forgiveness and the possibility of redemption.”

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Recent Podcast Interviews

Isa has appeared on a flurry of podcasts recently to discuss the release of Allowed to Grow Old. Below is a sampling of recent interviews; click on the logo to visit each podcast site.

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Isa Leshko Appearance on The Sunday Edition

Isa was recently interviewed by Michael Enright for his popular show, The Sunday Edition.

June 14th Update: Michael Enright interviewed ethologist Marc Bekoff for The Sunday Edition to explore the complex inner lives of non-human animals. At the 20-minute mark of their discussion, Michael and Marc discuss my work in the context of whether animals can experience dignity.

Click on image to be taken to the web page with the interview.

Click on image to be taken to the web page with the interview.

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Allowed to Grow Old Featured In The Observer

Last month, Allowed to Grow Old received an early review by Richard Benson in the Observer that ran over 4 pages in the print edition and was featured on the Guardian web site. For at least a week it was in the top 10 most popular stories in the Art and Design section of the Guardian web site.

From the review:

This is partly the story of a woman who starts out not knowing how to open and close a farm gate, and ends up learning how to put animals at ease so she can photograph them in close-up (approach them at eye level; lie in the hay with them for as long as it takes; don’t take your bag into the pen, because they’ll eat it).

It’s also about characters like friendly Melvin the Angora goat, and Babs the impossibly stoic, shaggy donkey, who are described in the text with an empathy at times reminiscent of Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk.

Making the text personal makes the book feel warm and open rather than preachy, which seems the right way to go if you really want to “start a conversation”, as Leshko does."

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Isa Leshko Represented By ClampArt

I am thrilled to share the news that my work is now represented by ClampArt.

Prints from my Allowed to Grow Old series will be exhibited at the ClampArt booth (#313) at The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) art fair in New York City from April 4 - 7, 2019. ClampArt will also host a book launch event for Allowed to Grow Old at the AIPAD fair on April 4, 2019 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. I will be in attendance to sign copies of the book that will be sold by the gallery. 

In addition, ClampArt will mount my first solo exhibition in NYC from October 3 - November 16, 2019.

I hope to see you at AIPAD and/or at the opening for my exhibition on October 3rd!