Vanessa Leroy (b. 1996) is a photographer from Waltham, Massachusetts. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She remains on the hunt for new ways of seeing, remembering, and altering the world through photography. She is drawn to image-making because of the power it holds to create nuanced representation for marginalized people and uplift their stories. She sees photography as a tool for social justice, and with it she hopes to create worlds that people feel as though they can enter and draw from, as well as provide a look into an experience that they may not personally recognize.

Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, NPR, and exhibited at Gallery Kayafas in Boston, MA.



2021 - Massachusetts College of Art and Design, BFA in Photography

Group Exhibitions:

2020 - Memory: A remembrance; recollection at Gallery Kayafas

An exhibition featuring bodies of work by Astrid Reischwitz, John Willis, Robin Behn, Matan Rubinstein, and myself

My project “there’s a place i want to take you” is on view in the Alcove Gallery from September 4th until November 27th

2020 - Memory Bank at Re-Direct Gallery

Juried by Alex Jackson
Online exhibition (click here to view)

2020 - Undergraduate Photography Now VIII

Juried by Greer Muldowney and Gordon Wilkins
Online exhibtion (click here to view)



NPR’s The Picture Show

An article about my project “there’s a place i want to take you”, written and edited by Michele Abercrombie (click here to view)


Moon Soaked published by Fifth Wheel Press & Cumulus Photo

Printed zine and online exhibition (click here to view)


The Washington Post

Edited by Haley Hamblin and Nick Kirkpatrick -
Twelve young photographers share their stories about how the events of 2020 have shaped them (click here to view)


Subtext: Critiquing Individual Photographs Within a Collective Consciousness by André Ruesch

(click here to view - a review by Lauren Greenwald)


Taking In: Raw, The Best of LUCAD Photography published by Lesley University

Honors and Awards:

2020 - Stephen D. Paine Scholarship, Honorable Mention + Grant

Awarded to six students entering their final year in a studio art program in the city of Boston. From The Boston Foundation + Boston Art Dealers Association.

2020 - Gertrude Kasebier / Bosworth Prize

Awarded to two Juniors in the Photography Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

2019 - Gertrude Kasebier / Monteith Prize

Awarded to two Sophomores in the Photography Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

2015 - Best of Photo Department First Prize in Photography Foundation Year

For the 2015 Lesley University College of Art and Design Portfolio Scholarship Competition.