Black and White

I started photographing in 1970, when I moved to Rome from Modena, after graduating from the University of Bologna. I experimented with various careers (film critic, actress, TV producer) until 1974, when I decided to become a professional photo-journalist.  I had been living in the United States since 1972. I worked in Black & White for a few years, then I switched to color. A 1979 issue of California Living featured my work.  My photographs were published in several magazines around the world.  I stopped accepting photo assignments in 1990, I continued to write interviews with actors and film directors as a Hollywood Correspondent.
Here’s my first photo essay Ladies in Ladies Rooms, 1974.
And my last photo essay Teenage USA, 1986.
Photo coverage of the LA Knockers from 1976 to 1984.
Photojournalism California Living 1979
Summer Fashion layout 1980
Travel photography from 1981 to 1986.

For more see Elisa Leonelli website

In 1970 I visited a commune in the countryside near Rome, where some of my hippie friends had gone back to the land, raising chickens, pigs, lambs and rabbits.

Child (c) 1971

wife (c) 1971

In 1971 I traveled to Israel where I worked as script supervisor on an American film produced by Paul Maslansky “Big Truck and Poor Clare” with Peter Ustinov and Francesca Annis. I also took photographs.

Jerusalem (c) 1971

Camel, Israel (c) 1971


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