Rita Leistner is a photographer and writer based in Toronto. In 2003, she crossed into Iraq on foot, traveling with Kurdish smugglers from Turkey.
She later spent four months embedded with the U.S. 3/7 Cavalry during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
She has won 12 Canadian National Magazine Awards and co-authored two books, Unembedded: Four Independent Photojournalists on the War in Iraq and Ihe Edward Curtis Project: A Modern Picture Story.
She teaches photojournalism at the University of Toronto.