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Former Enquirer Photographer Publishes Book Of "Greatest Hits" For Charity

Former Enquirer Photographer Publishes Book of "Greatest Hits" for Charity

Reported by Joe Webb  jwebb@local12.com  @joewebbwkrc

Michael E. Keating spent nearly 40 years of his life covering the news with his camera.  Hes covered every President from Nixon to Obama.  Hes been in the Reds dugout with the Big Red Machine and the Cuban Missile. Keating has seen a lot and hes sharing it all again in his book, Cincinnati Shadow and Light.

It sort of looks at Cincinnati and it shows some of the darker, shadowy sides.  It also shows some of the brighter, lively sides.  And its kind of a revealing look at the community as I saw it in my years as a news photographer with the Enquirer, Keating told Local 12.

From 1979 to 2012, Keating produced about 2,000 photos a year for the Cincinnati Enquirer.  Cincinnati Shadow and Light is a collection of 118 of his favorites.

If you can touch somebody with a photograph youve really achieved what you set out to do.

The book is a beautifully-produced mix of color and black and white photos.  They are separated into four categories that meant a lot to Keating: The river, the Reds, stories he covered and the characters he met along the way. 

There are photos of presidents, pig farmers and ballplayers.  It ranges from joyful images of Amish children making faces at the camera to Chris Henrys mother hauntingly posing with her dead sons college football jersey. 

Proceeds from book sales go to support the Clyde N. Day Foundation, a charitable organization named for a friend and neighbor of Keatings who passed away a few years ago.  The foundation supports a number of charitable organizations, but also gives grants to college students. 
Last year, NKU photography student Rachel Kellerman was given a $2500 grant for equipment. She bought the gear she used to produce a slick cookbook called Comforts from Home.

That paid for all my lenses, a bullet grip and a tripod.  I mean everything that I needed.  Theres no way I would have been able to do that on my own. Its basically given me the tools for success.

 

 

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