Patt Blue has been a photographer for some thirty odd years concentrating on social issues. She began writing in 1998 for her sociological and visual document about spousal abuse and mental illness: Living On A Dream: A Marriage Tale that was published by The University Press of Mississippi. Major works include: HOW FAR IS HEAVEN, a twenty year chronicling of an impoverished family with twelve children living in the New York Catskills; OTHER PEOPLE, a black and white document, including color family snapshots of the disabled residents of a New York City Hospital. BIOLOGICALLY YOURS, began as a LIFE Magazine photo-essay, features teen mothers as they face pregnancy alone and the loss of their babies to adoption. To do a follow-up on these birth mothers and their now 20-year-old children, Patt is looking for funding. FACETIME is a study that began in 1991 as a way to see the process of change on her aging face. .
Blue’s photography has been awarded The National Endowment for the Arts, three New York Foundation for the Arts; Howard Chapnick Foundation Grant for Humanistic Photography; LEICA Medal of Excellence for Humanistic Photography; Two Honorable Mention Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for Outstanding Coverage of the Disadvantaged. In 2005, The Kentucky Foundation for Women awarded an Activism Grant to work with young mothers in Western Kentucky. A KY Council for the Arts full Fellowship was granted in 2007. Currently Patt is working on â€œLiving With Schizophreniaâ€ for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.