Leib Kopman


Artist Statement –

Leib’s appreciation for art and photography began as a young boy while watching his father
develop black & white images in the darkroom. Seeing images appear from mere nothingness set
in motion, his passion and appreciation for the visual arts began.
His use of the medium and the wide range of cinematic realizations appear in advertising, news,
fashion, sports and art photography.
Leib’s most notable work is his exhibition concept and design work, which is featured in two
national and one international galleries. With the goal to push the comfort zone, he explored
the theme of war and genocide and the impact on the individual survivor as well as the future
generation. His choice of subject comes from an appreciation of history and complex themes
that connect us all as human beings. Each individual portrait fills the frame with meaningful
details of the individual subject. The magic of the portrait gallery is in the relationship between the
photographic image and the viewer.
Below are three exhibitions that feature Leib’s art-direction and photography.
“We Who Survived”, is a permanent and interactive gallery featuring contemporary portraits and
personally written biographies of 89 Canadian Holocaust survivors, Partisans and refugees, on
permanent exhibition. It receives over 25,000 visitors annually.


“Portraits of Survival”, is a gallery dedicated to 44 California residents who are survivors and
refugees of World War II. It features large-format contemporary portraits with 2 pages of
personally written biographies.


“Portraits From The 100 Days”, is a traveling exhibition, which showcases contemporary portraits
and personally written biographies of Rwandan survivors. It was funded by the Law Foundation of
Ontario, inaugurated by Stephen Lewis at The Marilyn Brewer Gallery, Harbourfront Centre.

His most recent exploration has been New York City’s architecture and its juxtaposition of the
urban landscape with the human presence. This series utilizes motion and still life as visual cues
in capturing moments in time. In hopes of transcending the mundane existence, this series pays
tribute to being present-centered in a world full of distractions.