Wary and captivated, a young Burkinabe boy outside a Sunday church service. Burkina Faso, Africa.

Peter Keady

A long time ago…

I've been taking pictures for over 30 years. I started in journalism working for newspapers in Florida and then in Easton, Pa. After a bit I freelanced creating images for editorial, corporate, and commercial accounts. I was with Black Star Picture Agency in NYC, internationally published and quite productive. I've photographed for Lehigh UniversityHasbro Toys, Allied Signal, Family Circle Magazine and the German magazine, auf einen Blick. I climbed the editorial ladder with interviews at Sports Illustrated, People and Time magazines. I had a photo essay, a boy with severe asthma, considered for publication in the once-published LIFE Magazine. And moments before the dawn of my explosion onto the national editorial scene, my career path shifted considerably towards social service; working with students and families in New Jersey. My approach to photography, from a sociological perspective, manifested in assisting others in their journey and struggle in life. I became an advocate for teens in a town with a long history of welfare dependence and generational hopelessness. It's a long story better told over a good cup of coffee.

I do love coffee!

Today, I've come full circle! My passion for people again expressed through telling stories photographically; I’m enjoying it more than ever!

I love shooting graphic abstracts to location portraits. My heart-passion is telling the story of people in and through struggle, those sacrificing for the sake of others and the stories of growth and victory. I love light and I love life. I'm looking forward to working for you, collaborating with you.

The legendary Canon 200/1.8

The legendary Canon 200/1.8

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There are many people whom I deeply respect, who've shown me what it means to live truly good, human lives. All of them have breathed deeply into my life. They come from all sorts of backgrounds and walks. This is my tribute to them. Please visit their sites, read their books, drink their coffee. Yes, I'm even going to mention a few photographers who eclipse me by far and I would carry their gear any day of the week. There are countless individuals who've breathed into me. I'm truly grateful for all of you. This is the short list.

- Michael Carlebach • Ed EcksteinLynn Johnson • Michael AnthonyDaniel Johnson • Marisa DeJesus • Michael Prince • Paul Schlader • Bob Poole -