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Through the Lens Insightfully: U-T Photog on Tap at Democratic Club

Awarding-winner Peggy Peattie will present her “Lessons through the Lens” talk tonight at the La Mesa Community Center.

Some of Peggy Peattie’s favorite images are the ones that bare all―not skin so much as soul.

The prize-winning Union-Tribune photographer will show some of her pictures during “Lessons through the Lens: Perspectives from a Photojournalist,” a presentation at the meeting tonight (Wednesday).

Peattie (pronounced PEET-ee) focuses on community journalism and her work offers insights into lives rarely seen: a teenage mom in Ohio living in an impoverished, rural town; a grandmother in Tijuana who must become the sole caregiver to her eight grandsons; drug addicts looking to better themselves, and people working to help them.

Peattie was named Greater Los Angeles Press Photographer of the Year five times in a row, and has won honors from the National Press Photographers Association. In 2004, she published the book Down in Dixie, a photo documentary about the significance of the Confederate flag in South Carolina, and the fight to remove it from the statehouse dome.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the .

Elaine C. September 07, 2011 at 01:35 PM
Probably won't be able to make it to the event tonight, but would love to have seen a photo or two of hers with the article! If she did a show, I would definitely go to see it. Long live photo journalism!
Ken Stone September 07, 2011 at 03:38 PM
Hi, Elaine. We had some images to share, but copyright issues prevented us from posting them.
Elaine C. September 07, 2011 at 05:35 PM
Understood. Guess I'll have to wait for the real thing . . .
Jennifer Spencer September 08, 2011 at 01:19 PM
I attended the La Mesa Democratic Club meeting last night to see Peggie Peattie's work and was very impressed. Peggy is not only a photojournalist but also an artist whose heart is with those she photographs. This is why her images are so powerful. Really enjoyed her presentation.
Elaine C. September 08, 2011 at 01:47 PM
I just checked some of her photos on the web and viewed "Lilia's Story": the 70 year old grandmother in Tijuana raising her grandchildren. The final heartbreaking picture shows her selling cigarettes, or something, to cars. I will never, ever again pass up an opportunity to give money to someone like that. No. You can't help the whole city, country or world, but you can help that one person and their family. Words are pretty powerful, but that photo of the boy combing his hair in a broken piece of glass . . . Thank you, Peggy. Thank you Annie Lane and Patch for bring these women (Peggy and Lilia) to our attention.
Annie Lane September 09, 2011 at 10:47 PM
Thanks, Jennifer and Elaine, for your feedback. I also spent some time on her website and was impressed. I'm glad to hear it was a great presentation.

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