Lauire Peek, 2019 winner of a Worldwide Photography Gala Award, grew up in Sarasota, Florida, attended high school in Charleston, SC, and moved to the Northeast in the 1970s. After a photography residency at Apeiron Workshop, she moved to Rochester NY where she obtained her Masters of Fine Arts in Photography in 1978 at the Visual Studies Workshop / SUNY Buffalo while working part-time at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. She then taught photography in Washington DC for two years, before moving to New York City where she was photo librarian for The Bettmann Archive and Sygma Photo News.
Inspired by the burning issues of the day, in the 1980s Peek became a journalist, photojournalist and PR photographer, covering national politics, the women's and anti-nuclear movements, toxic dumps, negligent landlords, crime, and more. As staff photographer for NYC’s Dept. of General Services, she documented the city’s community gardens, housing, and Mayor Ed Koch. As a freelance and staff photographer she worked for numerous publications including The Village Voice, City Limits, The Progressive and The Brooklyn Paper, as well as documenting national political campaigns for senatorial and congressional candidates.
After raising a family in Rockland County, NY and a second career selling creative services to corporations, she became Dir. of Administration and Gallery Manager for The Art Students League Vytlacil campus in Sparkill, NY. In recent years Peek has returned to her fine art photography, bringing her journalist's eye to everyday phenomena such as car and water reflections and what you find "out back." She lives with her husband in Tappan, NY where she is active in civic and environmental causes.
ORANGE ZIGZAG CLOISTERS, 2015
22 x 26 in.