Jonathan Leavitt started photography when he was twelve years old, with a 4×5 Graphex and instruction from his father. Where his father learned so much remains a mystery. Early on he was exposed to the work of Cartier-Bresson, Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, and Ansel Adams. He went on to study many visual arts: painting, drawing, printmaking, and architecture, but never formally studied photography except in receiving critiques from other photographers. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts but travels and takes pictures wherever he finds them.