Leila Navidi


Leila Navidi discovered her passion for photography in high school after her father gifted her with his well-worn 1970s-circa Canon A-1 camera. She began dressing up her friends and photographing them with black and white film in the barns and hay fields that dotted the surrounding rural areas outside her hometown in suburban Maryland. Navidi studied fine art photography, photojournalism and creative writing at Rochester Institute of Technology. She began her career in newspapers with an internship at the Catholic Courier, a publication of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, New York. She then went on to photojournalism internships at The Olympian in Olympia, Wash., The Advocate in Baton Rouge, La., and the Portland Tribune in Portland, Ore. before landing her first full-time job in Las Vegas as a photo editor at the weekly community newspaper The News. After moving to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to work at the daily newspaper The Gazette, she returned to Las Vegas in May 2007 to work for the Las Vegas Sun.

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