Documentary imagery of artists in their studios and places of inspiration.

74 photo essays in 35 US states by Stephen Kennedy


The Project

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"In November of 2013, my feet touched the ground in Honolulu. At that moment, I finally accomplished a life-long dream of traveling with my camera to every state in America. Since then I've been looking for another creative challenge that's on par with this realized goal.

Cross Country Camera is a documentary photography project that involves photographing artists in their studios and places of inspiration. When completed, I will have photographed creators in all 50 American states, thus completing a new challenge combining travel and art.

This blending of my artistic and practical skills with four decades of experience will bring to life a new collection of photography that documents the work of serious artists in my country."  --Stephen Edward Kennedy  Creve Coeur, Missouri--

The Artist

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Artist's Statement: "Years of photographic training and decades of experience in the field, spanning 26 countries and all 50 US states, informs how I tell stories with my camera. I am prepared to facilitate the creation of compelling photography in any location, at any time of day and under any constraint." 

The Artist's Journey

Tools Of The Trade

2019-Present | Documentary Photographer

Self-produced reportagé, monographs and published books, captured all across America, Ireland, Italy, South Korea and UK.

1989-2019 | Advertising Photographer

Clients include Amgen, Ford, Google, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Merrill Lynch, Pfizer, Siemens, United States Army and Wells Fargo.

1986-1989 | Editorial Photographer

Assignment and contract work for Associated Press, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, St. Louis Cardinals (NFL), Washington University and various newspapers.

1980-1986 | Student & Freelance Photojournalist

Bachelor of Journalism, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

1965 | Born in Illinois