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  Stories that Nurture the Human Spirit

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Lessons from ParadiseLessons_from_Paradise_Synopsis.htmlLessons_from_Paradise_Synopsis.htmlshapeimage_4_link_0
Dangerous Paradise

FILM SHORTS                       


Museum of Fine Arts, Houston                 Nov    2017  -   February,    2018                              Los Angeles County Museum of Art        June   2017  -  October,      2017

Smithsonian Museum of Art, Wash DC    May    2017  -  August,       2017

El Museo del Barrio, NYC                          March 2014  -  September  2014       

Perla de Leon, Photography



   The Afro-Descendant Project - Puerto Rico
portraits by Perla de Leon
  Reclaiming Identity and Honoring Our Ancestors
(watch trailer)

The Puerto Rican (AMERICAN) Civil Rights Movement

in development                         

Surgeons operate with cell phones Oct 2017

Mayor of San Juan, Loiza, P.R.  Sept, 2017

Toa Baja, a dear friend's community Sept 2017

Elderly in mountain communities, Oct 2017


Loiza, Puerto Rico - December, 2017 Photos by Sylvia Calzada

March, 2018                                

Six months after the storm, deaf children          are less terrified of the night thanks to            your generous donation of  Solar Lights.

Every time we reach 250 lights, Luminaid ships to San Juan for distribution by friends and colleagues. Please forward link widely.

Sincerely, Perla

Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Photo by Carmen Velasco

Comerio, Puerto Rico, Photos by Ayala

Photos and  Blog by Perla de Leon   (click to view)

S.O.S. from Elderly - March, 2018

POP-OP EXHIBITION: The Afro-Descendant Project - Puerto Rico  

Caribbean Cultural Center Afro-Bembe Festival, Summer 2019

Radio Interview

Photo-Video Series and Talks

Peace and Justice Memorial           Montgomery, Alabama

The War on Vieques

Communities under fire during the 1970s


Artistic Prints



 Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

RADIO BROADCAST          Constructive Forces with Kate Yoland, London _ April, 2018

THE INTERCEPT: The Battle for Paradise

Naomi Klein, March, 2018

©2017 Perla de Leon All Rights Reserved

Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography organized by Carmen Ramos, Chief Curator

Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington DC

September 13, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Gracie Mansion - NYC Mayor's Home built 1799

44 female artists who lived and worked in New York City, 1920-2020                        January 2019 - January 2020

South Bronx Spirit

An abridged version can be viewed on

Los Angeles County Museum of Art




Available at Barnes  Noble


Perla de Leon was born in New York City.

She received an MFA in photography at Brooklyn College and attended Columbia University's Graduate Program in Film Directing. Perla taught photography and video production to           High School and College students, curated Latin American Photography exhibitions,                produced training videos for the Board of Education and freelanced in a variety of                       crew positions in television and film production.


Perla's photographs are in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC and El Museo del Barrio and Gracie Mansion in NYC. Her work has been exhibited in museums in Mexico City, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Houston, Los Angeles,                           Barcelona and New York City and has been published in Germany and Brazil.                                                     

NY Times Review                                       

NYTimes Review

Barcelona, 2020