MY PASSION FOR PHOTOGRAPHY DEVELOPED LATE IN LIFE.  After getting a master's degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley I was a freelance writer and magazine editor, publishing feature stories in national magazines (see list below).  In l992 I wrote an adventure travel book (still in print) about a river trip that turned into a nightmare: “Shooting the Boh: One Woman's Voyage Down The Wildest River in Borneo." 

While writing my second book, "Peace In The House," about how polygamous marriages work in Northern Nigeria, I got a permanent case of repetitive stress in my hands. No more writing books. Not much writing at all. What to do?  Fortunately I found an answer: Keep on exploring little known places but do it now with a camera. This has allowed me to continue my adventures while learning to see things in a new way — up close and visual.  In 2010, I went back to Nigeria as a photographer, but since then I've been sticking closer to home — taking road trips but mostly exploring my own backyard: West Oakland.


                                        Photo by Reed Cooper

                                        Photo by Reed Cooper

*Published in New York Times Magazine, Village Voice, New West, Playboy, Ms., Redbook, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, California, and many local newspapers and magazines. *Managing Editor of The Los Angeles Weekly; Northern California editor of California Magazine; Editor of The Berkeley Monthly; and Transitional Editor of San Francisco Magazine.