Kenneth Bleyer

Port Townsend, WA, USA

Ken Bleyer has had a camera in his hand since he was a teenager living in Illinois farm country. He began his journey with photography in 1978 when he shot a roll of images with the family's Instamatic at his brother's birthday party. Many snapshots later he befriended an MFA student who saw promise in his work and encouraged him to study the craft to make better images.

Following many years of study and experimentation the practice of photography took on much more importance after Ken was diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer in 2016. Turning his grief into a driving force, Ken devoted his attention to making contemplative images that range from the thought-provoking to the titillating with a focus on diverse subject matter in far-flung settings. After 8 years in the field and many rolls of film his first book emerged as the errata sheet of clarifications to one man's lived experience as a cancer warrior trying to find his way home from third base before getting called out.

Books by Kenneth Bleyer