About Laurie Peek
"I've always been fascinated with reflections, layers and the everyday. My most recent body of work In Lieu of Flowers is a tribute to my son Jackson Turner who died in Tulum, Mexico in 2020. Drawing on many techniques, I create transparent layers of flowers, plants and textural elements on vellum and add a metallic gold or silver gilded layer onto the back of the prints. These glowing arrangements counter and channel my grief with a celebration of living things."
Peek 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 full time to her fine art photography, bringing her journalist's eye to everyday phenomena such as car and water reflections, the plants in her garden, and what she finds "out back." Recognition: L. A./NY Photo Curator’s Top 40 Images for 2020...Winner of the 2020 14th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards for “Nature” and “Cell Phone” series (non-pro) as well as Honorable Mention for “Fine Art” and “Alternative Processes” (non-pro), Jurors: Elizabeth Avedon, Rebecca Robertson and Analy Werbin...Winner of the 2017 Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Cell Phone Photography... "Best in Show", Camera Works 2017, Ridgefield Guild of Artists,juror Rebecca Robertson... Martha Rivers Ingram Excellence in the Arts Award 2017Recent juried shows include: Diptych, A. Smith Gallery, TX; Naked Print, RI Center for Photographic Arts; Small Works, Robert Anderson Gallery, CO; Black and White, A. Smith Gallery, TX; A Color Moment, PhotoPlace Gallery, VT; Momentum, NY Center for Photographic Arts; About Lighting, L.A. Photo Curator; 2019 First Street Gallery National Juried Exhibit, NYC; Summertime, A. Smith Gallery, TX; 7th Open Juried Exhibit, RI Center for Photographic Arts; Silvermine New Members Exhibit 2018; Photography Now 2017, Center for Photography in Woodstock; All Art+ at Van Der Plas Gallery, NYC; Aesthetic-Sensory at the Pomona Arts Center; The Documentary Continues: Women in Social Issue Photography, Edward Hopper House Museum, and PHOTOCentric at the Garrison Art Center. Her photographs have appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Brooklyn Paper, City Limits, Fracture Magazine, The Photo Review, The Progressive, Soho News, and Village Voice, as well as film documentaries, including the 2003 Oscar-nominated Tupac-Resurrection and the 2012 documentary Koch.Peek is a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists in New Canaan, CT. Her work has been exhibited throughout the world, from Berlin to Barcelona and in numerous galleries and cultural centers throughout the US: ArtSuiteNY Gallery, A. Smith Gallery, Blue Door Arts Center, Blue Hill Art & Cultural Center, Carriage Barn Arts Center, Edward Hopper House Museum, Gallery 66, Garner Arts Center, Garrison Arts Center, Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Pomona Cultural Center, RI Center for Photographic Arts, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Robert Anderson Gallery, Rockland Center for the Arts, Rockefeller State Park Preserve Art Gallery, Union Art Center, Upstream Gallery, Van Der Plas Gallery, Volition Gallery and the Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery at Vytlacil (Art Students League).
Professional roles: Photographer
Location: United States