Andrew McLeish started taking pictures while studying at the Cambridge School of Art in the United Kingdom. After completing a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, he relocated to Paris to enrol on a Master's Degree in Fine Art Photography at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
During the second year of his MA, Andrew worked as an intern in the publishing department at Magnum Photos and won the 'Prix du Public' at the Paris Match Student Photojournalism Award.
Early work as a photojournalist earned him the 'Prix Déclic' from the 'Observatoire de l'Image' and a 'Mention spéciale' in the Young Photo Reporter Category at the Scoop International Journalism Festival for his pictures of the violent anti-CPE demonstrations in Paris.
Andrew has travelled extensively for different photographic projects around the world, including documenting water problems linked to melting tropical glaciers in Latin America and homelessness in Tokyo.
In 2009, Andrew cycled 1,300 kilometres along the former border between east and west Germany to capture the remains of the Iron Curtain, 20 years after being torn down.
His photos from Lake Victoria in Africa were broadcast on German TV channel ProSeiben during their prime time show 'Galileo Big Pictures.' The two hour documentary showing 50 of the most emotional and remarkable photos from around the world was viewed by over 1.5 million viewers (14% of the national audience).
Today Andrew photographs features and portraits nationally and internationally for prestigious editorial and corporate clients. He also works regularly as a personal documentary photographer during official visits to Paris, including actor Will Smith and Australian Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove.
Editorial commissions - Germany, Kenya, Denmark, Egypt, Japan, Spain, Peru, United Arab Emirates, Portugal, Tunisia, Iceland & Uganda.
Corporate commissions - Argentina, Belgium, Senegal, The Netherlands, Italy, Turkey & Slovakia.
The Independent Magazine
The Irish Times
The Sunday Times Magazine
BRED Banque Populaire
La Caisse d'Epargne
International Chamber of Commerce
The University of Adelaide
Awards & Exhibitions
2022 Shortlisted for the Royal Photographic Society International Photography Exhibition IPE164.
2019 BRED Banque Populaire Centenary Corporate Exhibition at the Grand Palais, Paris.
2018 William & William exhibition 'Regards croisés sur la grande guerre' at the Hotel de Ville in Aire-sur-la-Lys.
2015 William & William exhibition 'Regards croisés sur la grande guerre' at the Hotel de la Région in Château-Gontier.
2014 William & William exhibition 'Regards croisés sur la grande guerre' at the Sélestat Médiathèque.
2012 Riches & Richesses exhibition at the Galerie Berger in Paris.
2009 Projection of 'Inventaire(s)' during the 'nuit de l'année' at Les Rencontres d'Arles International Photography Festival.
2008 Projection of 'Inventaire(s)' at the 'Cité des Arts' during Paris Mois de la Photo.
2008 Spirit Land exhibition at Everyman Liverpool.
2007 Exhibition L'Oeil-en-Seyne International Photography Festival.
2007 Bourse du Talent Finalist, Photo Reportage category.
2006 'Mention spéciale' Young Photojournalist Award at the Scoop International Journalism Festival.
2006 Prix Déclic awarded by the 'Observatoire de l'Image.'
2005 Prix du Public Paris Match Student Photojournalism Award.