Marissa Leshnov is a freelance photographer based in Oakland, California. She is a graduate of The University of Alabama, where she studied physics. Her work primarily focuses on systemic denial and reclamation of power within communities that have historically been excluded from rich and nuanced representation. She was named One to Watch by Atlanta Celebrates Photography in 2020; contributed photographs to The Marshall Project’s investigation, "Mauled: When Police Dogs are Weapons," which received the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting; and was nominated for the 2022 SECA Art Award by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. She is a proud member of the Authority Collective, Diversify Photo, and Black Women Photographers.