Robert Kareka: People & Places curated by William O’Rourke


Robert Kareka: People & Places showcases one of Robert Kareka’s (1934-2020) many talents, concentrating on his black and white photographs from, chiefly, the 1960s, 70s, 80s. Curated by his friend of a half-century, William O’Rourke, an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction, O’Rourke memorializes their connection by means of a long introduction in the form of a memoir, which chronicles Kareka’s artistic development as a photographer and sketches various highlights and lowlights of his long life and their sustained connection. O’Rourke chose over eighty black and white photographs of Kareka’s work, an impressive selection, but by no means all, culled from a life lived with intensity, purpose and the aesthetic victories of one man’s lifetime in photography.


  • Kind: Perfectbound
  • Pages: 215
  • Language: English
  • Date Published: January, 2023
  • ISBN 978-1-953252-70-8


Coal Yard #3 by Robert Kareka

Coal Yard #3 by Robert Kareka


Robert Kareka & William O'Rourke

Robert Kareka (L) & William O’Rourke (R)

Robert Kareka was born in 1934 in Scranton, PA, died February 18, 2020 at the Green Ridge Care Center, located in Scranton. His wife Inez (Martini), preceded  him in death. He was the son of the late Walter and Freda Schneider Kakereka and attended  Scranton schools and was an Artist by trade and an Air Force veteran. He left for 30 years but returned. Worked in the theater in NYC and over the years photographed in Japan, Germany, Chicago, Cape Cod, Boston, Key West, and Mexico. He once wrote, “Photographic style depends upon my surrounding environment. I do not analyze the photo. The image is the issue. What you see is it.”


William O’Rourke is the author of The Harrisburg 7 and the New Catholic Left (1972), Signs of the Literary Times: Essays, Reviews, Profiles (1993), On Having a Heart Attack: A Medical Memoir (2006), Campaign America ‘96: The View From the Couch (1997), Campaign America 2000: The View From the Couch (2001), Confessions of a Guilty Freelancer (2012), Politics and the American Language: Reviews, Rants, and Commentary, 2011-2018 (2020), as well as the novels The Meekness of Isaac (1974), Idle Hands (1981), Criminal Tendencies (1987), Notts (1996), and has edited two anthologies. He is an emeritus professor of English at the University of Notre Dame.

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Weight 26 oz
Dimensions 7.50 × 9.25 × .75 in