April 22nd, 2009

Chris Keeley

Silver Spring Camera Club


I hope all is well with you AND your wife and new baby.  As the month of May approaches I wanted to remind you of our phone conversation about your upcoming visit to our camera club to display and talk about your photography.  Our meeting will be at 7:30 pm on Thursday, May 7, at the Marvin Memorial United Methodist Church at Four Corners in Silver Spring (SSCC Meeting Location).  (We meet in Room 204; please park in Lot A--see map below)
I am enclosing a short bio of you for our newsletter from information that I gleaned from your website.  Please look it over and let me know if I have accurately captured the gist of your history and your work.  Attached here is also a link to our meeting location and a blow-up sketch of the church and parking lot.  I will also send a courtesy reminder a day or two before the meeting itself.
Stan Klem

SSCC Program Chair

Christopher Keeley

Chris Keeley is a licensed social worker, who, for the last 11-1/2 years, has worked as a social worker/supervisor for the Child and Family Services Agency in Washington, DC.  He holds both a Master degree in Social Work and Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography.  Moreover, Chris is also an artist, activist, interventionist, and last but not least, a social documentary photographer. 

            Keeley’s photographs have appeared in dozens of one-person and group exhibits throughout the Washington, DC area and in a wide variety of venues.  These not only include various art and photo galleries and salons, but also schools and colleges, social clubs, embassies, institutes, and cafes.  Dozens of his images have also been published in numerous art and social publications.  And Keeley himself has also made appearances on TV stations both here and abroad, and has garnered several awards for both his social work and his photography. 

            As an artist, Keeley’s photographs “speak to the internal search many individuals undergo during the lifelong quest for meaning and self-awareness. . . His images are unsympathetic, and communicate the inner emotional trauma of the homeless, the addicted, and of the lonely, as well as pride and the strength of human bonding experienced by addicts in recovery.”

(For an extensive list of Keeley’s accomplishments and some of his photographs, see http://tunlaw.org/res.htm.)


May Speaker
Chris Keeley

the wall

the wall

thought you would be interested in
the following article from The New York Review of Books.


The New York Review of Books
April 30, 2009

Wall: A Monologue
By David Hare

Please, please: consider the state of affairs, consider the
desperation, consider the depth of the despair. A country has reached
a point at which 84 percent of its people are in favor of building a
wall along its borders.


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Cleopatra died 2,039 years ago, at the age of 39.

April 22, 2009
Op-Ed Contributor

Who’s Buried in Cleopatra’s Tomb?

WHAT becomes a legend most? If you’re a woman, the formula is straightforward. Your best bets are the three D’s: delusion (Joan of Arc), disability (Helen Keller), death (Sylvia Plath). You get extra points for the savage, sudden or surprising demise, as Evita, Amelia or Diana attests. At the head of the list of untimely self-destructors comes of course Cleopatra VII, for whose tomb a search begins shortly, on an Egyptian hilltop west of Alexandria.

Cleopatra died 2,039 years ago, at the age of 39. Before she was a slot machine, a video game, a cigarette, a condom, a caricature, a cliché or a synonym for Elizabeth Taylor, before she was reincarnated by Shakespeare, Dryden or Shaw, she was a nonfictional Egyptian queen. She ruled for 21 years, mostly alone, which is to say that she was essentially a female king, an incongruity that elicits the kind of double take once reserved for men in drag.

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