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by Edward Keating, 1956-2021

April 6 – 28, 2024 


In Spring 2024 the Carriage Barn Arts Center will present “Photographs by Edward Keating,” the first retrospective exhibition highlighting the late Pulitzer-prize winning photographer’s 40-year career, as well as his connection to New Canaan, CT.  The exhibition will run from April 6-28, 2024 at the Carriage Barn Arts Center gallery in New Canaan’s Waveny Park.

Curated by members of the photographer’s family, the exhibition will feature 100 photographs and additional archival materials that offer insight into Keating’s career and life as a photographer.  Spanning decades of his work, the exhibition will be presented in sections that highlight common themes of his work. Some of the show will include fiber and ink-jet prints created by Edward Keating.

Born in 1956 and raised in New Canaan, CT, Edward Keating lived and worked as a photographer in New York City since 1981. Like previous generations of street photographers, he taught himself how to photograph by chronicling street life of everyday New Yorkers. Ten years later he was hired as a Staff Photographer at The New York Times where he covered national and international news and was a regular contributor to the Sunday New York Times Magazine. In addition, he co-founded “Vows,” The New York Times wedding column. In 2002, Keating won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage on the attacks of 9/11. He additionally shared the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting with New York Times staff for the series, “How Race is Lived in America,” 

He was also a regular contributor to Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, “W” Magazine and New York Magazine.  His 20 year project on Route 66 was published by Damiani in 2018, Mean Street, The Lost Dream of Route 66. 

Keating’s work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York City and The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida. A graduate of New Canaan High School class of 1974, Keating served for many years as an active board member of  the school’s Fritz Eager Foundation for Art Education. 

Keating died of cancer in Sept 2021, contracted as a result of his long exposure to toxic materials at Ground Zero in the days after 9/11. 


“Eddie was a passionate and smart photographer, endlessly studying the art and history of photography, early on imitating his mentors such as Robert Frank (who he became very close to.) Throughout his career, it became apparent other shooters tried to copy Eddie’s very distinct style. When face to face with his subject, he clicked the shutter, ruled by his heart, not his head. At the start of his career,  fearful of shooting on the streets, he was fearless in the end.”

  – Carrie Boretz Keating

About the Carriage Barn

The mission of the New Canaan Society for the Arts, Inc. is to promote the visual and performing arts, and to enrich the community through exhibitions, education, and cultural experiences, and to operate the Carriage Barn Arts Center.


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Carriage Barn Arts Center
Waveny Park
681 South Avenue
New Canaan, CT 06840

(203) 594-3638

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