Peggy Fox studied painting at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia., where she grew up. After marrying, relocating to Baltimore, having two children, and serving as director of the art department at St. Paul’s School for Boys, she embarked on a career as an independent photographer.
Her clients have included medical, educational and financial institutions who used her photographs for annual reports and other collateral material. She also worked as a documentary photographer which gave photographic and editorial freedom.
In addition, she continued to make her personal images which involve combining her photographic images with painting on large scale prints, or collaged on sheets of aluminum.
In 2009 her book with writer Alison Kahn, “Patapsco; Life along Maryland’s Historic River Valley” was published by The Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago.
Early assignments from The Equitable Trust Photographic Survey were to St Mary’s County, to photograph the watermen, the tobacco farmers and the Amish. To Fells Point, an historic Baltimore waterfront neighborhood undergoing renewal.
“Dancing with Strangers; Poetry by Gary Blankenberg and photographs by Peggy Fox” was Published by Dolphin Press.
Her work is in the collection of The Library of Congress, “Local Legacies” as well as the negatives From “We’re still Here; North Brentwood, Md” the first incorporated African American town in Md. The majority of her documentary photographs and negatives are in the collection of The University of Md Baltimore County Albin O Kuhn Library.
Early in her career, Fox was featured in a one-person show at the Baltimore Museum of Art, which gave her the courage to leave her teaching job to freelance as a photographer. From1987 1997she created “Lost in the Cosmos,” a 10-by-200-foot mural executed in porcelain enamel on steel and commissioned by the Maryland Transit Administration for the Johns Hopkins Hospital Metro station. She has received two Maryland Arts Council grants and her work is exhibited nationally. Her work is in the collection of The University of Maryland, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Robert W.Deutsch Foundation, Black and Decker and the collection of Mathew Polk and Amy Gould, as well as others.
She continues her engagement with image making and storytelling, focusing more on painting and drawing on her reflective aluminum.