~Leech House Collaborators~

Each photographer/artist has contributed their own ideas, styles and techniques to this series, creating an eclectic collection of documents. Additionally, musicians have interpreted the project sonically and videographers have captured the motion/duration of the rituals.

For more information email rydercooley at gmail.com

Ryder Cooley  (performance, photos, video)

Ryder is an interdisciplinary artist/musician based in New York. Weaving together chimeric visions with images and songs, she creates cinematic performances and multi-media artworks. Ryder holds an MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design

Robert Palumbo (photos)

Robert Palumbo has been producing, directing, and shooting film and TV for over 20 years, and has been a fine art photographer since the early 1990’s. He is an Emmy nominee and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Photography. As a still photographer, his work has been exhibited in New York, London, and Berlin, and is included in many prestigious private and public collections, including the New York Historical Society, the Smithsonian, and Lever House. He has worked for National Geographic, the New York Times, Du Magazine, Vice, YRB, The Fall, Gallimard, and many other clients.   Robertpalumbo.com

Lance Monotone (photos)

Lance Monotone is a photographer, musician and web developer living in Troy, NY. His work features stroboscopic portraits and fine-art abstracts.  @lancemonotone

Kahn & Selesnick (photos, video)

Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick are a collaborative artist team who have been working together since they met while attending art school at Washington University in St. Louis in the early 1980s. Both were born in 1964, in New York City and London respectively. They work primarily in the fields of photography and installation art, specializing in fictitious histories set in the past or future.


Sarah Bachinger Pezdek (photos)

Sarah Bachinger Pezdek  is an award winning, internationally published and collected photographer.  Her fine art photography is represented by Galerie Fledermaus in Chicago, IL and the Geras Tousignant Gallery in CA. Her work is collected by private collectors internationally. She has been published with Cosmopolitan, OUT Magazine, Vogue 
Japan, Vogue Italia and more.   sarahpezdek.com

Corey Aldrich  (photos, production)

Corey Aldrich is an artist, director, producer and experiential designer who works in the arts and cultural arenas, including music and fashion. His expertise is in designing environments that support story-based narratives. Deep research and materials / object sourcing are his typical approaches to accomplish this. Project partners of note include, but are by no means limited to, The Albany Symphony Orchestra, The Hyde Museum, The Alliance for the Creative Economy, the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company and WMHT Public Television.  @coreyaldrich

Dina Shirin (photos, performance)

Dina Shirin is a photographer from Riga, Latvia and has been living in New York since 1991. She spends her time working on portrait projects and is drawn to experimental, surrealist compositions. In her work, she explores unpredictable points of view, dreamlike layering of images and organic textures. Dina is a member of the CMC photography collective in New York and a contributor to the Paris-based group Foto Femme United. She's exhibited her photographs in group shows in Chelsea and Tribeca in New York.  @dinashirin

Lee Free (sound, photos, video)

Lee Free is a drummer/composer from Brooklyn, NY who works in multiple genres and specializes in sound scores for video, live dance and animation.  leefreemusic.com

Lisa M. Thomas (video)

Lisa M. Thomas is a film director/producer and co-founder of the production company Thin Edge Films. Lisa produces animated TV series for the Adult Swim network; she has produced two feature length independent films, and she has been  collaborating with the Dust Bowl Faeries band on a series of music-inspired videos.  thinedgefilms.com

Justin Higgins (photos)

Justin Higgins is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and mixed media artist based in Schenectady, NY.  His photo work spans a diverse catalog from wildlife and landscapes to fashion and portraiture.  justin.t.higgins@gmail.com

Sara Starchild (photos)

Sara is an independent photographer and bondage expert based in Upstate NY. She is a regular contributor to the press and has been featured on publicatoins including Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan & The Huffington Post. misscouple.com

Dennis Herbert & South Brooklyn Sound (music)

Dennis Herbert is a folk artist and musician living in Hudson, NY. In 2019 he released the album Hazels Eyes with his musical collaborator Ryder Cooley and with producer/recording artist Joe Ford of South Brooklyn Sound.  
The Leech Song is based on a poem by Elizabeth Brownlee
southbrooklynsound.com  |  dherbert.com 

Richard Lovrich (photos)

“My goal is to step not up to the line between myself and the person on the other side of the lens, and not merely to step over it, but to fall through to the side in which that person exists.” Richard Lovrich attended Parsons School of Design and works as an independent photographer, designer and producer of theatricals.  studiolovrich.com

Justin Higgins (photos)

Justin Higgins is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and mixed media artist based in Schenectady, NY.  His photo work spans a diverse catalog from wildlife and landscapes to fashion and portraiture.  justin.t.higgins@gmail.com 

Slink Moss (photos, video)

Slink Moss is a songwriter, celebrationist, performer and drawing practitioner who studied at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and is based in Copake, NY

Annette Bragas (photo assistant, MUA)

Annette Bragas is a freelance Hair & Makeup Artist based in New York and London. She graduated from London College of Fashion and specializes in film, music, theater and beauty/fashion. annettebragasmua.com

Elise Passavant (video)

Elise Passavant is a filmmaker, editor, photographer, VJ and video manipulator who straddles the underground music video/alternative art scenes as well as mainstream media. Her video shorts have been showcased in international film festivals from Europe to Japan. She is based in Paris, France.  elisepassavant.com

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