Leo Bieber has a passion for photographic perfection. A prerequisite if you are chosen to shoot the great jewels of the world. He counts lighting as one of his obsessions and is constantly experimenting with the interplay of light and gem stones. As no two jewels are ever the same Leo is kept constantly curious in his quest for a flawless image.
Leo began to pursue his career as soon as he left Hurtwood House school, putting his distant dream of becoming an actor to one side whilst he started to learn his trade in a busy still life studio in Florence under Roberto Quagli. After three years of photographing the luxury outputs of brands such as Ferrigamo, Dolce and Gabbana and Marni, Leo was happy to return to London with an acquired to knowledge of art, commerce and fluent Italian as well as a desire to set up his own studio and concentrate on photographing jewels. Considering Leo’s growing base of clients, Mayfair seemed the obvious choice for starting his own studio and he was lucky to find a discreet underground location with ample room for work and test shots.
Leo is influenced by the great masters of light capture, he much admires the visionary surrealism of Man Ray, the lighting and questing of Robert Maplethrope and the commercial polish of Coppi Barberie. Following in line with artists over the centuries Leo uses self portraiture to sharpen his skills, although he stresses this is due to his desire to experiment with illusion rather than indulge in narcissism.
When not behind a camera Leo is lured to his other projects such as restoring a classic Volvo P1800 car, the sporty model as driven by Roger Moore in The Saint. The car is almost finished and he is deciding which Dashing Tweeds to use as a throw for the back seat. His new Dashing jacket, which he absolutely loves, is a preview from our AW17 collection called Blue Overdrive and features Donegal yarns and extravagant checks. For Leo there is no other brand that truly expresses his love of exquisite originality and colour.