Art Photographer EFIAP of the Federation of International Art Photography (FIAP) at  UNESCO

Member of Israeli Photo Art Federation

Member of Israeli Journalist Union


Leonid Padrul resides and works in Israel since 1994. He arrived from the Ukraine as already recognized and mature master of art photography, prize-winner of dozens international exhibitions and photo salons in Russia and abroad. From his early age he took a special interest in landscape photography, one of the most complex genres in this technique. His passion strengthened as he took part in arduous mountaineering tours to Pamir and Tien Shan, never parting with a camera even during the hardest ascensions.


In Israel Padruls talent blossoms. He runs the photography department of the countrys largest archeological museum in Ramat Aviv, contributes to National Geographic Magazine. Lately Padrul started working as a teacher: he leads master-classes in natural architectural scenery of the ancient cities of  Jaffa, Akko, Caesarea,  Jerusalem, and in the Judean desert. His works are annually displayed at art exhibitions.


Israel, a country with ancient Biblical history, opened for Padrul new creativity outlets, made his art deeper and more sophisticated. Especially important for the masters development became his participation as photographer in archeological projects of studying Qumran caves organized by National Geographic Magazine in 2002. During this expedition, as Padrul admitted later, he got really fascinated by the Dead Sea area, the most interesting but also the most complicated object for art photography.


As a result of the ensuing Padruls trips to that area, thousands of high quality photos made without computer processing appeared. Forty of them were presented at 2007 exhibition The Shadow of Jerusalem at Photo Union gallery (Moscow). Padruls passion for the "high mountain" subjects received further development in Israel, and was transformed in the course of time to "high spiritual" subjects acquiring in his works philosophical treatment. Through alternation and comparison of images of Jerusalem and the Dead Sea vicinities Padrul in metaphorical and allegorical form expresses such oppositions as elevated vs ordinary, light vs shadow...


Jerusalem in the Bible is always associated with light. The Book of the Prophet Isaiah says: "The Gentiles shall come to Thy light, and kings to the brightness of Thy rising." (Isaiah LX, 3.) The mythologem of heavenly Jerusalem is connected with such motives as Messiahs advent, Solomons Temple restoration and clearing of the Golden Gate. Israelis say to rise to Jerusalem, which means not only the citys mountain location but also ascension as a spiritual category.


On the contrary, the Dead Sea which in antiquity was named the Sodom and Asphalt Sea and the Sea of Lot, is located in a deep depression about 400 meters below sea level, the lowest place on the Earth. Historically, its coast accommodated Sodom and Gomorrah, nearly the best-known Biblical cities which have become universal symbols of vice, moral decline and divine punishment. In Cabbala writings the area of the Dead Sea is named The Shadow of Jerusalem.


Padruls individuality of philosopher and observer was brightly demonstrated in epic-monumental photos of majestic natural landscapes reminding of space photographs. Landscape pictures showing deserted hills once bearing Sodom and Gomorrah, Jericho, remains of Masada fortress, semi-destroyed Herod the Greats palaces and hardly accessible Qumran caves, all this excites imagination and appeals to historical memory.

The area of the Dead Sea is in the same time a place which for many centuries attracted Christian pilgrims. Here flows the Jordan River, here stands the Temptation Mountain on which, according to the legend, Jesus prayed for forty days, tempted by Satan.


As Padrul himself admits, he was fascinated by the Dead Sea area not only because of its legendary history, but also due to its extraordinary technical and artistic challenges. First of all it featured unusual illumination, completely new to the artist. The blinding sun, sharp contrasts of light create quickly varying effects of complex bright colors and soft dispersed pastel shades. On some photos light and space dominate; on others, the accent is put on primordial essence of the mountains and heavy desert sands or on intricate supernatural patterns of the Dead Sea salt crystals. One can say symbolically that realization of the most complicated project Landscapes of the Dead Sea became one more mountain top conquered by Leonid Padrul.




Among Israeli artists Leonid Padrul is reputed as an unsurpassed master of extremely complicated landscapes. Photos from the series Landscapes of the Dead Sea have been published in all major photo magazines of Israel, Czech Republic and the Ukraine, and in the National Geographic. Renowned documentary film director Roni Sofer shot a film about the photographer and his project for TV-channel Nature.



JerusaLENS - The Jubilee Exhibition
International Photography Challenge
Ammunition Hill Museum
Jerusalem, May 2017


Over 14,500 photographs from residents of 84 countries
from any time, and of any subject, were uploaded and

received 2.4 million votes. The contests curators selected
100 photographs to presented at the Jubilee exhibition



Israel the whole world in one country

Tsvetnoy Bulvar in Moscow, 

National Geographic Russia magazine, 2016



"The Last Generation"
Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv


Biblical Landscapes Precious Radiant Objects

ICC Jerusalem International Convention Center


2007 2015
Director of Festival and Curator the Israeli of Art Photography

by immigrant photographers A New Eye on Israel


 Selected Solo Exhibition:


Photo Report of the exhibition "The Shadow of Jerusalem"



Photographs for catalogs of the Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv

Shalom Meir Tower Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel



Wellington Jewish Community Centre, New Zealand 



Exhibition at the Zetlin Museum of Russian Art, Ramat-Gan, Israel "Mountain Water :FromTian-Shanto the Dead Sea"

Exhibition at the Sydney Childrens Hospital, Randwick, Australia Exhibition at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Canberra, Australia

Exhibition at the Economic Forum in Harbin, China



Exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi, Vietnam

Exhibition at the Belarus National Museum of History, Minsk, Belarus

A Group Exhibition at the Old Jaffa Museum

Exhibition at the Light House Gallery, Old Jaffa

Exhibition at the Rabin Square, Tel Aviv-Yafo



Exhibition at Copenhagen Central Library, Denmark

Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum, Manila, Philippines



Exhibition in Israel Opera, Tel Aviv

Exhibition August 14 - 29, at Chiang Mai University Art Museum,


Exhibition at the National Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand



Exhibition in Migdal Shalom Gallery, Tel Aviv

Exhibitions in the Knesset of Israel and in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem



Two personal exhibitions in Israel



Selected Group Exhibition:


2012 2013



International exhibition in Hungary (Bronze Medal)



International exhibition in Brazil (Bronze Medal)



International exhibitions in Italy (Gold Medal) and Hungary (Silver Medal)



International exhibitions: Hong Kong (Bronze Cup), Czech Republic (Gold Medal)






Expedition to Qumran caves as part of the National Geographic project


1999 2007

Expeditions to Judean desert and the Dead Sea area


1978 1984

Expeditions to Tien Shan and Pamir Mountains




















Independent experimental films in the Israeli pavilion

at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival

KWITKOWSKI ART: Ellina Kwitkovsky, Director;

Leonid Padrul, Producer-Cinematographer

JerusaLENS - The Jubilee Exhibition
International Photography Challenge
Ammunition Hill Museum, Jerusalem 2017

National Geographic Russia magazine, 2016


The exhibition Israel the whole world in one country  on Tsvetnoy Bulvar in Moscow,          National Geographic Russia magazine, 2016



The International Art Film Festival EPOS



The exhibition "The Last Generation" at the Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv. 2015


ICC Jerusalem International Convention Center, 2015




קבלת פנים במשרד החוץ לרגל תערוכה במסגרת

 הפסטיבל הארצי לצילום אמנותי "ישראל בעין חדשה"

בחסות השגריר רפי גמזו סמנכ"ל וראש אגף קשרי תרבות וומדע משרד החוץ, 3.12.2014


The exhibition of deaf photographers "To Hear the Photography"

Project manager: Dalit Avnon

Curator: Leonid Padrul

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, May 2014


The exhibition "A new Eye on Israel" 

Member of the Knesset, Mr. Yoel Razvozov 

The Knesset, July 2014 


Exhibition Precious radiant objects                               Left to right: Mr. Guy  Kivetz, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Leonid Padrul, artist;  Mr. Ilan Cohen, Director General of Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv



Reception held by the President Shimon Peres to mark  20 years of immigration from the former  Soviet Union  2010



right-left: Pia Allerslev, Mayor of Culture, Copenhagen; Photographer Leonid Padrul; H.E.The US Ambassador Laurie S.Fulton; Photographer Pamela Juhl; H.E. Arthur Avnon, Ambassador of Israel to Denmark (Photo Hasse Ferrold)


"Limmud" Jerusalem 2010. Vika Elkin, Matthew

Bronfman - head of Limmud FSU, Leonid Padrul



Exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum,

Hanoi, Vietnam, 2010



Economic Forum from Israel and Harbin, 2011



Dan Oryan , Deputy Ambassador; Pia Allerslev, Mayor. Copenhagen, 2010 (photo: Pamela Juhl)



Exhibition at the Belarus National Museum of History,

Minsk, Belarus, 2010



Copenhagen, Denmark, 2009. In the center, Ambassador Arthur Avnon



A Group Exhibition at the Old Jaffa Museum, 2010



Exhibition at the Light House Gallery, Old Jaffa, 2010



Exhibition at the Rabin Square, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 2010  



Exhibition in Manila, Philippines, 2009



Exhibition on the occasion of Israel's Independence Day,

at the Centara Grand Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, 2009



Exhibition at the National Gallery,

Bangkok, Thailand, 2008



Exhibition at the Israeli Opera,

Tel Aviv, 2008



"The Vanishing Sea" - exhibition at the Knesset

by the Dead Sea Lobby, 2008



Exhibition at the Migdal Shalom Gallery,

Tel Aviv, 2007



Exhibition in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

Jerusalem, 2007



Exhibition at the Knesset of Israel, Jerusalem, 2007




Exhibition at the Photo Union Gallery,

Moscow, Russia, 2007




Exhibition  Art Industry,

 Jerusalem  2005



Expeditions to Tien Shan and the Pamir Mountains,




Expeditions to the Judean desert and the Dead Sea area, 1999-2007



Interview (photo: Roni Sopher)



Walking on the Dead Sea (photo: Dina Bova)









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