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Keri Pickett - Photographer
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- CV / BIO-

Author of Love in the 90s, BB & Jo: The Story of a Lifelong Love, A Granddaughter’s Portrait (Warner Books, 1995) had a first printing of 150,000 copies. Faeries (Aperture Books, 2000) won the Lambda Literary Award for best art book of 2000 and Saving Body & Soul, The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland (Random House, 2004) Photographs by Keri Pickett. Essays & Interviews by Margaret Nelson helped raise money for the homeless shelter it features.

"In 1983 Fred McDarrah gave me an internship at the Village Voice Newspaper in NYC and I have been on my own ever since that time. In the late 80’s I left NYC and went home to MN due to a diagnosis of Burkitt’s lymphoma cancer. During my two years of chemotherapy I photographed children coping with life-threatening illness and often I would finish the roll of film at my grandparent’s home before heading to the darkroom to process my film. The result was not what I expected as I never published the book about children, but I did create my first book which paired images of my grandparents in their mid 90’s with their year long postal courtship from the late 1920s. That first book had a miraculous printing of 150,000 copies and the title is Love in the 90s, BB and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, a Granddaughter’s Portrait (WarnerBooks, 1995).

My second book Faeries (Aperture, 2000) is about a retreat place in the north woods for a group of gay men who identify as being radical faeries.

My most recent book is about Mary Jo Copeland who I first photographed on a People magazine assignment. The reporter and I decided to go further and create a book about this amazing woman’s work with the poor and homeless resulting in Saving Body & Soul, The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland (Shaw, 2004) photographs by Keri Pickett and texts by Margaret Nelson.

I have been awarded fellowships from the Bush Foundation, McKnight, Jerome and Target Foundations as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.

My pictures have appeared in Life, Time and People magazines as well as Stern and Geo.

My corporate clients include Horizon Organic, Allina Health Systems and RBC Dain Raucher. I am associated with the picture agency WpN in NYC."

- Keri Pickett



  • 2004 Saving Body & Soul; The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland, WaterBrook/Random House, Photographs by Keri Pickett, Essays and Interviews by Margaret Nelson
  • 2000 FAERIES, Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses, Aperture Books
  • 1995 Love in the 90s, B.B. and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, A Granddaughter's Portrait, Warner Books, 150,000 first printing.


  • 2004 Aperture at 50, Aperture Books
  • 2002 Schattenlicht - The Best of Black and White Photography in GEO, German Geo, June 2002
  • 2000 Minnesota In Our Time, A Photographic Portrait, Minnesota Historical Society Press, June
  • 2000, 12 Photographers Document Minnesota
  • 2000 At Grandmother's Table, Women write about Food, Life, the enduring bond between Grandmothers and Granddaughters, Fairview Press
  • 1998 Our Grandmother's, Loving Portraits by 74 Granddaughters,edited by Linda Sunshine, Welcome Enterprises Inc.
  • 1998 Hugs and Kisses, Abbeville Press
  • 1995 The Mission, Inside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Warner Books


  • 1999 Minnesota 2000 Documentary Project, MN Historical Society
  • 1999 Jerome Foundation Grant to Aperture on behalf of FAERIES
  • 1998 McKnight Foundation Photography Fellowship
  • 1992 Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship
  • 1992 McKnight Foundation Photography Fellowship
  • 1992 Jerome Travel and Study Grant
  • 1992 COMPAS Community Art Program
  • 1991 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant
  • 1990 Jerome Foundation Grant
  • 1990 National Endowment for the Arts, Photography Fellowship
  • 1989 McKnight Foundation Photography Fellowship


  • 2003 Silver Eye Center of Photography Honerable Mention 2000 Lambda Literary Award, Best Fine Art Book, FAERIES
  • 1996 Book Award, American Photography 12
  • 1994 Finalist, Friends of Photography, Ruttenbuerg Foundation Award for Portraiture
  • 1993 Nominated, Infinity Award, International Center of Photography
  • 1993 Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN
  • 1992 Award of Excellence, Communication Arts Annual
  • 1992 UNESCO/Asian Cultural Society World Photo Contest : THE FAMILY


  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, Michael E. Hoffman Tribute Collection, Philadelphia, PA Museet for Fotokunst, Permanent Collection, Odense, DK
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Permanent Collection, Houston, TX
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Permanent Collection, Mpls., MN
  • Minnesota Historical Society, Permanent Collection, St. Paul, MN
  • Rourke Art Gallery, 1992 Purchase Award, Moorhead, MN
  • Woodstock Center of Photography, Woodstock, NY
  • Dain Rauscher, Corporate Collection, Minneapolis, MN
  • Trend Corporation, Corporate Collection, Minneapolis, MN
  • Winona State University, State of Minnesota Collection, Winona, MN
  • Doughterty, Dawkins, Strand and Bigelow, Inc., Corporate Collection, MN
  • Peter Hay Halpert, Private Collection, New York, NY
  • Bill Hunt, Private Collection, New York, NY
  • Michael Stipe, REM, Private Collection, Woodstock, NY



  • Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND 1999
  • McKnight Foundation Photography Fellowships Exhibition 1998
  • Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 1998
  • Tweed Museum, Duluth, MN 1998

Love in the 90s

  • Chilean Institute of Culture, Santiago, Chile 2000
  • Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, FL 1998
  • New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA 1998
  • Opolousas Museum of Art, Opolousas, LA 1998
  • NAFOTO, International Photography Festival, Sau Paulo, Brazil 1997
  • Photo Passage, Toronto, Canada 1997
  • International Photography Hall of Fame and Musuem, Ok City, OK 1997
  • Jon Oulman Gallery, Minneapolis, MN 1994

Group Shows

  • Minnesota 2000 Documentary Project: TEENAGERS 2000
  • Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN
  • Deliruim, Ricco Maresco Gallery, New York City, NY 1997
    8"x10": Contemporary American Photography
  • Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College/CUNY, Flushing, NY 1996
  • FOTOFEST: Discoveries of the Meetingplace
  • Eirie Ironworks, Houston, TX 1996
  • 20 Year Birthday Celebration of Blue Sky Gallery
  • Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR 1996
  • On Common Ground, American Dream Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY 1992, 1993

Solo Shows

  • Keri Pickett: Life and Love, Basilica of St. Mary, Mother Teresa Hall, Minneapolis, MN, 1993
  • Tibetan Portraits from The Kingdom of Lo and India
  • International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, Oklahoma City, OK 1995
  • Tibetan Portraits from The Kingdom of Lo and India
  • Minneapolis Photographer's Gallery, Minneapolis, MN 1995


  • American Photo
  • Aperture Journal
  • Boston Globe
  • Das Magazin (Switzerland)
  • Der Speigel (Germany)
  • Geo (Germany and Russia)
  • Hunger Project
  • Life Magazine
  • Los Angeles Times
  • New York Times Magazine
  • Newsweek
  • People Magazine
  • Photo District News
  • Prentice Hall Press
  • Sports Illustrated Stern Magazine (Germany)
  • Tampa Tribune
  • U.S. News and World Report
  • Utne Reader
  • Village Voice Newspaper
  • Ziet Magazin (Germany)


  • 2000 AAUW Speaker, St. Paul, MN
  • 1998 Keynote Speaker: Love in the 90s, 5th Annual Heartland Long-term Care Symposium, Kansas City, MO
  • 1997 Keynote Speaker: Love in the 90s, National Association of Medical Directors convention, San Antonio, TX
  • 1997 Photojournalism Workshop, Daytona Beach Community College, FL
  • 1996 Television Guest: Love in the 90s, Good Morning America
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