Katherine Bourbeau is a photographer, photography editor and environmental advocate. As a photographer, she specializes in personal reminiscences with writing and images, and in travel photography for a variety of clients. She has studied photography with Emmet Gowin at Princeton University, at the Visual Studies Workshop and at the International Center of Photography. She was recently a resident artist at the Heliker LaHotan Foundation in the Cranberry Isles of Maine.
Katherine’s lifelong love of photographic imagery led to a long career in photography editing for many national publications, including LIFE and Time Magazines, Fortune, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times. She has worked as a photography editor on many new magazine prototypes and startups including for Time Inc. Magazine Development and the Walter Bernard and Milton Glaser Design Studio. She was the photography editor for The Century book (and television series) produced by Peter Jennings of ABC News, which covers the history of the 20th Century in 400 rarely seen photographs culled from archives around the world. The book remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 45 weeks, sold more than 1.6 million copies, and received many positive reviews.
Katherine lives in New York City, but hails from the beautiful, mostly rural, agricultural and wine-producing Finger Lakes region of central New York State where she comes from four generations of Irish-American family. She was awakened to the urgency of environmental issues when two landfills near her hometown of Geneva, New York–a six-hour drive from New York City–were expanded to take in 9,000 tons of garbage a day from New York City, Connecticut, Massachusetts, more than 50 New York counties and Canada. In addition to photography, she has worked extensively on waste reduction and environmental issues, as an advocate for product stewardship, and as the co-founder of an organization to protect the environment of the Finger Lakes.
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