Saskia Keeley is a photojournalist, documentarian, peace activist, author, speaker, and the creator of Saskia Keeley Photography.
Saskia Keeley Photography (SPK) runs Accompagnateur Workshops, photography workshops in which participants unpack decades of fear and bias through the simple yet profound acts of looking and listening for both NGOs and corporate clients.
The Accompagnateur Workshops guide and teach participants to see members of different cultures and communities with clarity and compassion. Assigning each to photograph “the other” breaks barriers and provides the chance to literally see one another from a new perspective.
Saskia Keeley Photography’s main purpose is to conduct more of these workshops in areas where they may be helpful in starting global conversations toward peace and coexistence (working with NGOs like Roots and Taghyeer in the West Bank) and within divided communities (collaborating with NGOs like Pico Union Project in Los Angeles and the Women’s Prison Association in New York City).
Saskia also partners with humanitarian organizations to share their valuable work with the world, including Leaders’ Quest (India), the END Fund/Amani Global Works (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Roots and Taghyeer (West Bank), and We Love Reading (Jordan).
SPK’s corporate work serves to fund its humanitarian efforts. Saskia is a Master Facilitator with Leaders’ Quest’s team, facilitating photo workshops to deepen relationships and broaden perspectives within large organizations and their leadership teams.
Saskia has presented her work at universities including, Harvard, Yale, Duke, Tufts, UCLA, Washington University, and New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. Her work has been on exhibit at Geneva’s Centre Des Arts, UCLA Hillel, and the B’nai Jeshurun Synagogue in New York City. She has been published in the Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, UCLA’s The Daily Bruin, Women Across Frontiers, and corporate annual reports including UBS and the END Fund.
Beyond Sides Toward Reconciliation was originally published as a chapter in an academic book, “Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogues for Peacebuilding and Stability’ IGI Global Press – (Publication: Spring 2019). Keeley’s chapter is a practical and pragmatic account of how poignant and revelatory photography workshops between contested communities around the world can be.
Through the Lens of Humanity documents the lives of Israeli settler women and Palestinian women who live in the West Bank, within arms reach of each other, across cultural and physical barriers that isolate them. Saskia's work brings her into the lives and the homes of both societies. She shares her story in pictures and words in this book.
Saskia Bory Keeley is a Swiss photographer, educated at Geneva University, Sotheby’s and the New Academy for Art Studies in London. She trained at the International Center for Photography in New York City, and is enrolled in the Interspiritual Counseling Program (ISC), a 3-year training at the leading edge of the newly emergent field of Interspiritual counseling (One Spirit Learning Alliance - NYC).
Saskia has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. She is fluent in French and Dutch, and conversational in Spanish and German. Her passion for global adventure has enriched her appreciation for and understanding of disparate cultures.