I HAVE A LONG HISTORY, which isn't entirely a good thing. The good part: lots of great memories and much less cluelessness. The bad part: I probably won't be around in twenty years. Just saying.

I was at UC Berkeley during the Free Speech movement, and a student at it's Graduate School of Journalism during its heady first two years. After that I freelanced for national magazines at a time when you could do that and make a living (see two of my stories in the Articles link on my Homepage.) I also edited magazines when they were not yet digital and wrote an adventure travel book that people say they can't put down even though they know I make it out alive. (Still in print on Amazon.)

I've taken up photography because I can't stop wanting to have adventures, and learning to think visually keeps me on my toes. When I'm out with my camera I look for treasure, almost always in places most people don't go. I photograph a lot in poor parts of town because people there are hanging out on the streets so I don't have to make an appointment to see them. And I  like faces that are unadorned. Poor people also have time to answer my questions so I can marvel at the twists and turns of their worlds, something I learned to do as a journalist.

I photograph particularly dicy people, I think, because for some reason I'm not afraid of them and it upsets me that most people are. Like all of us they deserve to be seen and heard.

Final thought: I  think of myself as a story-teller rather than an artist, but here I am with a portfolio.

                                         Photo by Reed Cooper

                                        Photo by Reed Cooper

MY BOOK: "Shooting the Boh: A Woman's Voyage Down the Wildest River in Borneo."
MY MAGAZINE FEATURE STORIES: Published in the New York Times Magazine, the Village Voice, New West, Playboy, Ms., Redbook, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, California, and local newspapers and magazines.
MY EDITORIAL JOBS: Managing editor of The Los Angeles Weekly; Northern California editor of California Magazine; editor of The Berkeley Monthly; and temp editor of San Francisco Magazine.