Capital Federal, Mexico
Keith was born in Akron, Ohio on May 27, 1949, and educated there in Catholic elementary and high schools. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee with a B.A. in Organic Chemistry. In 1976, after four years in San Francisco, he moved to Austin, Texas where he worked for The Texas Observer, Third Coast and Texas Monthly. While living there, he began the first of many photographic trips to the north of México, in the area around Espinazo, Nuevo Leon, where he documented the festival of the Niño Fidencio, a folk saint renowned in México during the 1920's. In 1987 he decided to live and work in México. A relationship that began with the Mexican photo agency Imagenlatina in May, 1987, resulted in two trips to the Middle East (1988 and 1989) to cover the Palestinian Intifada.
While currently independent, during the past 27 years he was associated at different times with two US photo agencies: Black Star and Saba. In Latin America, he has covered a wide variety of situations, ranging from Nicaraguan recontras to street children in México City to life on the US-México border.
A reoccurring theme in his personal work is the effect on Mexico’s rich traditions as the country modernizes. Visual projects that have captured his interest include: a fundamentalist sect that uses exorcism to deal with social problems; portraits from the streets of Mexico City's Centro Historico; Danzón in public parks; the modern syncretic rituals associated with the growing cult to the Catholic saint, Jude Thaddeus; the struggles of Central American migrants in Mexico enroute to the United States; and currently, the effects of drug violence on the internally displaced persons of the southern Mexican state of Guerrero. His most recent book, Callegrafía, is a look at the intimate strangers who move through the streets of the Centro Histórico of Mexico City each day.
Teachers and students march in Chilpancingo
Students from Ayotzinapa, their supporters from other schools and members of a dissident teachers union in the state of Guerrero, march through the streets of the state capital, Chilpancingo, in support of the parents of the missing students. Armed with wooden axe handles and lead pipes, a contingent of the radical teachers leads the march.
Army guard at elementary school, Acapulco.
Due to the violence, especially in the lower class neighborhooda that ring Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico, the authorities, in an attempt to protect teachers and students, have placed army guards outside of schools, like here at the Moises Guevara kindergarten in the Cuidad Renacimiento neighborhood of the city. Kids buying snacks before entering the school.