TRENT KEEGAN (12 August 1974 – 28 May 2008)
Award-winning photojournalist and Irish-based EPUK member Trent Keegan has died tragically in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. He was 33.
Raised in the town of New Plymouth in New Zealand, Trent was a carpenter by trade before arriving in the west of Ireland nearly a decade ago and picking up a camera for the very first time. His natural ability, his compassionate drive, and his love for his art would go on to win him numerous awards with the Irish Professional Photographers Association.
Trent Keegan, in a self portrait taken in Kenya.
Well known for his uniquely angled photos, a fringe benefit of his 6’5 frame, Trent had taken his talent to more than 40 countries, including some of the harshest areas in the world, and had dreamt of one day becoming a successful combat photographer.
A volunteer trip to North Darfur in 2006 with Irish-charity GOAL, would only begin to quench Trent’s thirst for giving a voice, through his haunting images, to those people who could not be heard.
Described by a former employer as a “consummate professional who never caused his editors a moment’s bother”, Trent worked diligently for a number of years out of Galway city in the hopes of securing enough money to fund his next adventure abroad.
Early this year, after a brief visit home to New Zealand to see friends and family, his next mission became the war-torn country of Kenya.
Arriving in the coast town of Mombasa in mid-March, Trent spent his first few weeks donating his time to the promotion of the Irish-Kenyan-based charity Sponsor an African Scholar before heading out to the capital city of Nairobi. He had hoped to secure work with both Kenyan and Irish publications and was well on his way to doing so when tragedy struck just days after his return from a trip to Tanzania.
Trent is survived by his father Mike and his mother Trish, who both reside in New Zealand, as well as his sister Nikki and brother-in-law Scottie, who live in London.
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