Léonie Hampton was born in London in 1978. She lives and works in Devon, United Kingdom.
Léonie began her trade at the age of seven with a point-and-push Le Clic Camera. After graduating in Art History at University College London and SOAS in 2000, she continued her studies in Photography at the London College of Communication.
Léonie co founded Still/Moving Projects which is currently working on a large scale and exciting project funded by The Arts Council England, as part of the Mayflower commemorations for September 2020. Still/Moving Projects is a multidisciplinary platform, a space for people to come together through conversation and collaboration, where ideas can be supported to evolve into creative and educational ventures. The core team is made up of people working as artists in a variety of media including installation, photography, film, sculpture, and writing.
Previously she has exhibited in solo and group shows in the U.K. France, The Netherlands, Scandinavia, Vienna, Italy and Canada. Successive photo-based projects have been funded by Wellcome Trust and the British Council and her 16-part photo Installation was purchased for the permanent collection of the MEP (Maison Européenne de la Photographie – Ville de Paris) in 2008. In 2011 her award-winning 184-page book In the shadow of things was published by Contrasto (Italy).
Léonie is a part-time teacher for MA Documentary Photography at London College of Communication. Formerly known as Léonie Purchas, she has been professionally working as Léonie Hampton since 2010.