Leslie Anne Addison, along with her husband and photography partner George Havard Yerger, is enamored with the rural South. She and Yerger scour the back roads of Louisiana and Mississippi and stop to take pictures when the landscape moves them. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Addison is proud of her ancestral roots in Port Gibson, Mississippi. Her photographs are stories of the South--memories that might soon be forgotten.
Their work is included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston; The Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS; The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; The Louisiana Arts and Science Museum, Baton Rouge; The High Museum of Art in Atlanta; and The New Orleans Museum of Art.
Their work has been featured at the Contemporary Art Center, in New Orleans and in exhibitions at the Mississippi Museum of Art, and University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The Louisiana Arts and Science Museum among others. Awards include a Fellowship from the Pollock/Krasner Foundation, the Louisiana State Division of the Arts, Artist Fellowship (both artists, consecutive years) and two Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation grants.
Lifelong residents of the Southern US, they have completed several Art documentary projects about their own unique Southern Culture. For many years they have also been passionately involved in projects in South and Central America. This work has taken them to Peru, Bolivia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Haiti. In addition, they have been under contracts by US and German based medical non-profits. They travel around the world, documenting their programs and the underserved people in developing countries that have been assisted.
Leslie attended the Art Institute of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico but her influences started practically at birth. Her grandmother was the fine art photographer Dina Woelffer. As a student of and then fellow teacher with Aaron Siskind and Lazlo Moholy-Nagy at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Institute of Design, she formed life-long friendships with them as well as other mid century photographers and painters. Her husband was the well-known Abstract Expressionist painter Emerson Woelffer.