About Nicholas Beatty
Nicholas has remained consistent throughout his career in his dedication of exploring the importance of family. As a children’s publisher, a documentary photographer, and a youth mentor, his footprint has been one of proclaiming the importance of a happy childhood.
As partner and creative director of Goops Unlimited Children's Publishing, Beatty’s goal is to increase awareness of the importance of inter-cultural and intergenerational relationships. He lives in Los Angeles, California and San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala.
As a photographer specializing in Hispanic and Latin American Studies, Nicholas Beatty has covered Dia de los Muertos celebrations in the Patzcuaro region of Mexico, as well as the state of Oaxaca. Beatty offers a glimpse into the distinct culture and tradition of Mexico and Latin America. Wandering from city to village, the images he obtains portray an insider’s view of the locations, and people most tourists never have an opportunity to experience. Whether representing the explosive color and amazing vibrancy of the fiesta, or the pageantry and symbolism of Semana Santa, his photographic exploration of the human experience will fascinate even the most well-seasoned traveler.
===Projects of Note===
In 2005, Beatty began his documentary work on Dia de los Muertos, photographing the ancient ritual in Mexico. His goal was to bring the celebration into a new level of familiarity with an international audience.
Recognizing the growing interest of Dia de los Muertos in the United States, he has collaborated with festivals and event planners to provide detailed information about the celebration for the general public. A detailed listing of festival and celebration sites in the United States can be found on the Dia de los Muertos website
Beatty’s Dia de los Muertos photography has been the subject of exhibition in Portland, Oregon in several galleries, as well as the nationally acclaimed annual Dia de los Muertos exhibit at the Maude Kerns Art Center.
In early 2007, Beatty began his documentary work on Semana Santa in Guatemala. The dramatic and colorful Holy Week celebrations have drawn thousands to Antigua, Guatemala for many years. Early work from this series has been included in an ongoing display at Six Days Gallery in Portland, Oregon.
In early 2007, Beatty, a passionate advocate of animal rights and welfare, was determined to find a way to help bring national awareness to the plight of abused primates in both medical research and the “pet” industry. Coordinating with Oregon primate rescue, an organization dedicated to providing lifetime care to unwanted, orphaned or crippled monkeys that originate from private owners, from government agencies, and those retiring from a life of research.
Beatty’s photo essay, Primate Rescue In America, sheds light on a very important and hugely ignored issue in the United States. In conjunction with his photo essay, he created a campaign to lose weight and raise money based on taking pledges for every pound of weight he lost. The campaign, Pounds for Primates, raised $4, 000.00 and brought national attention to the work of Oregon Primate Rescue and its founder, Polly Schultz.