Over the course of his career, WalterLeonardi has worked for such high-profile publications as LIFE Magazine, National Geographic, Newsweek and Time. Leonardi is especially known for his distinctive portraits of famous persons, in particular film stars. Later in his career, he became a professor of photography at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Torino, Italy.
Walter Leonardi’s collection consists of nearly 5.000 photographs taken on Thor Heyerdahl’s journeys and expeditions to Easter Island, Peru, South America, Egypt and Pakistan. In addition to images from expeditions and travels, there are photos depicting Heyerdahl’s life in the Italian village of Colla Micheri, where he settled in 1958. The collection is unique, and many photographs document the final phase, between 1984 and 1998, of Heyerdahl’s active life.