Leslie Starobin Biography



Leslie Starobin is a Boston-area photographer and montage artist. Her current series of still-life montages is entitled "The Last Address." Notable past photographic series include "Dancers' Feet," "The Dead Sea: Mirror of Time," and "Shadows Across the Promised Land."

Starobin's work is in the permanent collection of many academic museums, including the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and the Smith College Museum of Art. Her work is also in the collection of numerous public museums in America, including the Jewish Museum and MOMA in New York. Starobin has had solo exhibitions at the Duke University Museum of Art in Durham, NC, the National Jewish Museum in Washington, D.C., the Danforth Museum in Framingham, MA and the Oregon Jewish Museum.

In 2010, the Yad Vashem Museum in Israel selected Starobin's photomontages for inclusion in their upcoming, international database of artists, who have explored the Holocaust in their artwork. In 2012, Starobin will have a solo exhibition of this work at the Holocaust Museum Houston. What makes these still-life montages distinct is that these artworks are composed from the personal belongings salvaged by families in flight, as fascism swept the world. For this project, as well as others, Starobin has traveled extensively. She has photographed in Belarus, Israel, Japan, Russia and Western Europe.

Her montage work has been featured in Pakn Tragen Magazine published by the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. Her photographic work has been included in numerous publications, including American Photographer, Business Week, Dance Magazine and Photo Art Magazine in Hong Kong. Starobin's feature story, "The Ancient Healer" with photographs of bathers at the Dead Sea was published in The Boston Globe Travel Magazine.

Starobin is the recipient of numerous grants, including one from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation of the Arts/Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. Most recently, she received two Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research Grants for her series, "The Last Address."

Starobin is a Professor of Communication Arts at Framingham State University in MA, where she specializes in photography, visual communications, and the history of photography. She has a M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute and a B. A. from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.