When we first met Joe Pekara, he was photographing Nappy Roots at the Aggie Theatre.


Now, the Fort Collins photographer is still working with the "Good Day" rappers, along with other high-profile hip-hop artists like Wale and Erica Banks.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Pekara, also known as Pharoah 171, accompanied Banks to one of her shows at a strip club-turned venue in Florida.

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There, with lighting challenges leaving him little time to capture the perfect shot, he snapped a photo that won him his second Grammy and a Sony award, one of the most prestigious honors in the visual arts realm.

Despite his success, Pekara remains humble — and close to his Northern Colorado hometown. In fact, he recently stopped by Townsquare Media's studios in Windsor to chat about his award-winning photo, what it's like to photograph the stars, his mom's influence on his work, and more.

Check out our full interview with Joe Pekara below.

Q&A With Grammy-Winning FoCo Photographer Joe Pekara

Joe Pekara is a Fort Collins photographer who spends his time on the road with artists like Nappy Roots, Wale, and Erica Banks. His photo of Banks recently earned him his second Grammy and a Sony award. Read on to learn more about his career — and the inspiration behind it.

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