Katherine Keck discusses her photographs during a reception for her artwork, held April 6 at Keck Hospital. (Photo/Steve Cohn)

A reception held at Keck Hospital of USC in early April celebrated original art donated by photographer Katherine Keck.

The images, taken in Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities across the globe by Keck on her iPhone, adorn the walls of the hospital’s Cardinal Lobby.

Keck shares close ties with Keck Medicine of USC. Her son, Stephen M. Keck, is on the Board of Overseers of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Her two other sons, William and Ted, are members of the W. M. Keck Foundation.

Keck was joined at the reception by friends of Keck Medicine of USC, hospital leaders and staff.

The “iPhone Photo Project,” which hangs in the Cardinal lobby of Keck Hospital, is intended to show the versatility of the smartphone camera, Keck said, and its ability to capture clear, detailed images.

Keck said she hopes the images in her new exhibit capture the attention, if only for a brief moment, of those who walk past.

“I am hopeful that patients and staff members can look at the photographs on the wall and will have some respite,” Keck said. “These photos can broaden their perspective and take their minds off pressing problems and give them a sense of relief.”—Douglas Morino