Photography changed a woman’s path in life

Feb 6, 2019

An award-winning local photographer has created a new exhibit called Through The Lens: “Warriors" now on display at CEPA Gallery in downtown Buffalo.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckely sat down with Aitina Fareed-Cooke, the owner & creative director of Get Fokus'd Productions, who selected eight stories about people who beat the odds, just as she did.

Aitina Fareed-Cooke, Owner & Creative Director of Get Fokus'd Productions.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Fareed-Cooke was once told she was going to fail, but her very difficult personal struggles and mental anguish taught her to persevere and has inspired her work as a photographer and video artist.  

Aitina Fareed-Cooke, Owner & Creative Director of Get Fokus'd Productions.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

"I lost my mother when I was three years old. She died from a drug overdose," said Fareed-Cooke. "I was labeled a failure to thrive, because my mother had this drug abuse problem while I was in her womb." 

Aitina Fareed-Cooke’s exhibit is on now through February 23, 2019 at the CEPA Gallery. It was the CEPA Gallery were she discovered and feel in love with photographer as a teenager. She credits community programs and her faith in God in changing her path and bringing her a successful career.