Born in Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Leavitt studied photography in Germany during the 1960's. He traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Orient doing various photographic essays.


Pullman, Portrait of a Landmark Community, Published by Historic Pullman Foundation

Fred Leavittís Chicago, 128 page hard cover, published by Jannes Art Publishing Chicago

Fred Leavittís Chicago, Limited Edition leather-bound, commissioned by the First National Bank of Chicago

Lies (People Believe) About Animals, Published by Albert Whitman and Company

Museum Collections

Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL

Norton Gallery and School of Art, Palm Beach, FL

John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art year-long Museum Tour, Sarasota 1979 and continuing

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

The Vatican Collection, Rome, Italy

Assignment Work

Magazine work: for National Geographic, Life, Look and numerous other national and regional magazines

Corporate work for: Kraft, Citibank, Sears, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sara Lee, Motorola and many other Fortune 500 corporations

 Accomplishments and Awards

International Exhibition of Photography, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
Print from travels selected for international exhibition of photography, 1967

Pulitzer Prize Nominee by Chicago Tribune, Chicago
For the documentation of the demonstrations of the SDS and Weathermen, Chicago, 1969

Distinguished Achievement in the Communicating Arts Excellence Award (twice)

Chicago Four Group - Artist Guild of Chicago, Chicago Society of Communicating Arts, Graphic Arts Council of Chicago and Society of Typographic Arts.

Distinguished Achievement in the Communicating Arts Excellence Award

Chicago 74 Group - American Society of Magazine Photographers, Chicago Film Council, Artists Guild of Chicago, Chicago Society of Communicating Arts, Graphic Arts Council, Society of Typographic Arts.

Distinguished Achievement in the Communicating Arts Excellence Award

Chicago Eight Group The Art Directors Club of Chicago, American Society of Magazine Photographers and Artists Guild of Chicago, Distinguished Achievment Award of Excellence

State of Florida purchased Wetlands collection for donation to the Ringling Museums Circulating Exhibits Program

City of Chicago gave Pope John Paul I a signed print as a gift in a special ceremony held in Chicago, October 1979

Signed print auctioned by WTTW, Channel 11 Public Television as part of the Eleven Collection Fundraiser.

Chicago Book Clinic Award.

The Art Institute of Chicago purchases leather bound limited edition copies of Fred Leavitts Chicago to give as gifts to visiting dignitaries.

Awarded first commission to a photographer to produce a permanent photographic exhibit for a municipal building. Chicago Council on Fine Arts.

Lies (People Believe) About Animals illustrated by Fred Leavitt wins three prestigious national awards: 'Science Teachers of America Award for Outstanding Books', 'Best Children s Books of 2014' and 'Amazon's Editors Favorite Books of the Year'.

"This fascinating winner of the Science Teachers of America Award for outstanding books combines commonly accepted 'lies' people believe about many animals with Fred Leavitt's amazing black-and-white photographs. Photographed on white paper, the reader sees every quill on the porcupines back, light glinting in the alligator's eye, the scales on a coiled snake, 'hairs' on the tarantula. This book fascinates, delights and informs even the most reluctant reader".

Current exhibits:

The Digital Art Museum, Huston Tx.

Works on exhibit in corporate and public collections worldwide .

Mr Leavitt lives in, and works out of,  Sebring, Florida. He was the President of Heartland Cultural Alliance Inc, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting the art & culture of Highlands County, Florida.,

and is Executive Director of Peter Powell Roberts Museum of Art and Cultural Center in Avon Park, FL

And founder and President Primal Connection Inc, a multi-cultural, world rhythm percussion ensemble and educational organization.


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BEST OF SHOW, Highlands County Art Festival, 10/11/2001. BEST OF SHOW, Lake Placid Art Festival 1/2002