National Geographic Magazine
Washington, DC, United States
After nearly 20 years working as a freelance photographer for the National Geographic magazine Sarah Leen joined the magazine staff as a Senior Photo Editor in 2004. She became the Director of Photography for the magazine in 2013.
Leen graduated with a BA in Fine Arts in 1974 from the University of Missouri, Columbia and continued there with graduate studies at the Missouri School of Journalism. Leen was the College Photography of the Year in 1979 and worked as a staff photographer for both the Topeka Capital Journal and the Philadelphia Inquirer until 1982 when she began her freelance photography career.
Leen has taught photography and editing workshops at the Missouri Photo Workshops, the International Center for Photography in New York, the Maine Photographic Workshops and the Palm Beach Centre for Photography.
In 2010 Leen was the curator of the National Geographic magazine’s Water is Life exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, the Beyond the Photograph exhibit at the National Geographic Society headquarters in 2011 and the current exhibit at the Annenberg Space, The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years.