I am interested in issues of family and community. I am a photographer, filmmaker and 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 that time I photographed children coping with life-threatening illness and my grandparents in their mid 90’s. I paired those images with excerpts from their year-long postal courtship from the late 1920s. That first book, Love in the 90s, BB and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, a Granddaughter’s Portrait (WarnerBooks, 1995) had a miraculous printing of 150,000 copies.
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 third book is about Mary Jo Copeland - 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 first documentary feature film "The Fabulous Ice Age" is about the history of dancing on ice and one man's quest to save this history and it was an official selection of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival and it was runner -up for audience favorite and it was selected for Best of Fest.