Key Sanders received his BFA in Photography in 1987 from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He worked as a commercial photographer for 20 years shooting for corporations, and has been represented by the Getty stock agency since that time.

His photographs have been shown in numerous exhibitions and have appeared in Communication Arts magazine. They are in several private and public collections, including the Harry Ransom Photo collection at the University of Texas. Key makes his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he continues to explore the photographic medium, creating one-of-a-kind, mixed media pieces.

"I am intrigued by the inanimate object as a representation of the figure and have recently become drawn to the figurative form. I choose my subjects through pure intuition, using elements of chance and improvisation to create a sense of decay and imperfection in my work.

Unconcerned with the literal depiction of images from the visible world, I combine pure photography with the gestural quality of abstraction. By fusing materials and layers I am able to add texture and color, painterly gestures and strokes, to evoke human traces, thus removing the distance between the subject and the viewer."