Over a career of 35 years Peggy Peattie has been dedicated to professional photojournalism and outdoor adventure photography. Peattie dedicates her work to developing visual narratives in the documentary tradition of capturing those definitive moments that reveal the essence of our shared humanity. Her own treks and adventures on the ocean and through mountain ranges around the world bring together both the theme of visual communication and an appreciation for the natural world and the richness of the many cultures around the world.
She currently teaches photojournalism at the university level, and has served as faculty on several workshops around the country including the Missouri Photojournalism Workshop, the Mountain People’s Workshop in Kentucky and the Honoring Ida Conference in Pennsylvania.
Peattie has worked at newspapers in Southern California, the Pacific Northwest and South Carolina. She has also published work in numerous news and sports magazines, and been staff photographer on book projects like A Day in the Life of America, America 24/7, A Day in the Life of the American Woman and In Search of America. Her own book, Down in Dixie, examines the strained historical heritage of racial tension surrounding the confederate flag in South Carolina.
That work earned her a grant from the Alexia Foundation for World Peace and Cultural Understanding. She has also won several Knight Fellowships. Peattie has won numerous awards from thePictures of the Year international, National Press Photographer’s Association, the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Headliner Award, Greater Los Angeles Press Photographer’s Association and Society of Professional Journalists.
Peattie earned her M.S. degree in Visual Communication from Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism and B.A. degree in Journalism and Art at the University of Washington. She currently concentrates her work on homeless issues, border stories, health care and the environment.