To relate stories of culture and conflict requires flexibility of self and style. It requires a willingness to go deep, ask questions and remain open to the answers. Throughout an unconventional path to photographer, Keith Lane cultivated these qualities in order to bring the unfamiliar closer.
Lane studied environmental science, spent time teaching outdoor education in California and worked for an energy consultant NGO before touring the US—by bus—for a Masters of Science degree in environmental education. He then volunteered for a public policy NGO in a move that became an unexpected turning point. While working in Bangladesh, Lane began photographing flooded towns and villages. The storytelling tool struck a chord. Changing gears, he earned a graduate certificate at the renowned Salt Institute for Documentary Studies (Portland, Maine). Then, he set out to cover the complex socio-environmental issues he'd invested in as a student: war’s long aftermath; natural disaster; and conflict, both internal and international. His subjects have taken him to earthquake-ravaged Haiti, mine-infested fields of Cambodia and, eventually, a politically volatile Cairo, where he both taught at American University (Cairo) and photographed the city’s streets from the 2012 presidential elections to the new president’s ouster in 2013.
Lane's work has appeared most notably in The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Miami Herald, Daily Beast, Bloomberg, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Seattle Times. He has exhibited work at Hillyer Art Space, FotoWeekDC, Studio Gallery and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.
Lane was awarded a grant from the Rory Peck Trust to complete a hostile environment-training course through TYR Solutions. He is also a graduate of a Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC) course in battlefield medical response. He is a member of Frontline Freelance Register, NPPA and ASMP and holds credentials for the US Sen