SHORT VERSION: I know how to tell a story in words,
but now I have to do it with pictures.

LONG VERSION: In the l970s and '80s I was a freelance magazine writer, publishing feature stories in national magazines (see list below). I also edited magazines and in l992 I wrote an adventure travel book—“Shooting the Boh"—about a woman facing middle-age while making a hair-raising first descent of a remote river in Borneo. It's still in print and New York city's public librarians voted it one of the "Best 25 Books of the Year."
      I was writing my second book, "Peace In The House," about how marriages work in Northern Nigeria, when I got a permanent case of repetitive stress in my hands. No more books. Not much writing. What to do?
     Fortunately the answer was easy: follow my curiosity with my camera. It has allowed me to continue my adventures while learning to see things in a new way — up close and visual. I still look for stories but also light, and "moments" and patterns. In 2011, I went back to Northern Nigeria as a photographer in 2010 but since then I've been sticking closer to home — exploring the outer edges of a few desert culture and my own backyard: the city of 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, 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.