Peggy Stevenson, Philippines / United States
Peggy Stevenson is a writer and street photographer from Chicago, Illinois, USA. Born and raised in the city of Manila, she taught Linguistics and Communication at the University of the Philippines and was actively involved in their outreach programs educating rural farming communities. In Chicago, she re-ignited an earlier passion and began a daily photo blog while continuing to teach. In 2009, her blog was cited by National Geographic Traveler Destination Guide and the Chicago Tribune. Her black and white photography series “Remembering My Father’s Chinatown” was exhibited in conjunction with Chicago’s Chinatown Centennial and Asian-American Heritage Celebration in 2012. She has taught Creative Writing at the middle and high school levels and was a 1999 recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Grant for short story fiction. Also a collage artist, she was a 2018 Chicago Public Library Featured Artist for her collage series "True Stories: At Play With Memories".
“My photography has always been an attempt at telling an individual’s story set against the imposing structures of glass, steel and stone that make up downtown Chicago. As a transplant to the city, I am always drawn to the contrasts one captures between the people who drive its financial heartbeat and the people who endure it.”
Peggy lives in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago with her husband and has two daughters.