Leora Laor was born in Jerusalem, Israel. She served in the Air-force during her Military years (1973-1977) and graduated from Film, Television and History Department at the Tel Aviv University (B.F.A.)(1979-1981). During those years she worked as a freelance photographer as well as in production and still photography in television and films.
In 1979 Laor came to New-York to study photography in The School of Visual Arts (1979-1981) while she also studied with the photographer Lissette Model (1981) at the New School. In 1981 Laor moved to the East Village. The East Village art scene was a hot topic of New York's mid 80's. She was represented by Oggi Domani Gallery, the only photography gallery in East Village. In 1983 she had a one-person exhibtion at the gallery. Laor partook in the two largest surveys at Artist Space, 'New Galleries in the East Village' and in 'Limbo' at PS1. These two exhibitions provided an introductory sampling of the new art, in the two oldest alternative spaces. During these years she documented the changing character of the East Village neighborhood capturing street life scenes and architectural imagery as well as lively social scenes in galleries and clubs. The flourishing Graffiti paintings, found on buildings, walls and back alleys, made a great pool of visual images. During those years, Laor was also associated with Bess Cutler Gallery in Soho where she had two solo shows (1983,1984). In 1987 she moved back to Israel.
In 2003 Leora Laor returned to artistic activity after a break of almost 20 years. She had a solo exhibition at Dvir Gallery in Tel-Aviv (2005) and was represented by Andrea Meislin Gallery in New-York (2003-2014). In 2005 she won The Constantiner Photography Award for an Israeli Artist. In 2012 laor work was selected by David Lynch at Paris Photo, as one of the 100 photographers which their work echoed his movies (Published: Paris Photo, Vu Par David Lynch, Steidl Press, 2012).
Her work is to be found in many public collections such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, U.S.A. Gemeentemuseum, Hague,The Jewish Museum, Berlin, The Jewish Museum, New York, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv, Knesset Israel Parliament Art Collection, Jerusalem, Major international Corporations and in many private collections.
Laor is once more motivated by a sense of pictorial wonder and urban alienation which comes out through her special vision and unique technique.