Colorado Photographer Wins Grammy, Sony Award for Photo of Erica Banks
When we first met Joe Pekara, he was photographing Nappy Roots at the Aggie Theatre.
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Now, the Fort Collins photographer is still working with the "Good Day" rappers, along with other high-profile hip-hop artists like Wale and Erica Banks.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Pekara, also known as Pharoah 171, accompanied Banks to one of her shows at a strip club-turned venue in Florida.
There, with lighting challenges leaving him little time to capture the perfect shot, he snapped a photo that won him his second Grammy and a Sony award, one of the most prestigious honors in the visual arts realm.
Despite his success, Pekara remains humble — and close to his northern Colorado hometown. In fact, he recently stopped by Townsquare Media's studios in Windsor to chat about his award-winning photo, what it's like to photograph the stars, his mom's influence on his work, and more.
Check out our full interview with Joe Pekara below.