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GIVE BIG 2014!

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Fluent In Photography? Give BIG to PCNW!

We are proud to be included in the Seattle Foundation’s GIVE BIG Campaign, which will take place this year on May 6. Donations made that day through the campaign are matched in part by the Seattle Foundation; please donate May 6. 

PCNW is an educational institution facilitating creation, conversations, and experiences of significant photography. Photography is the global language of the 21st century, connecting across cultures and generations. We provide opportunities to further creative practice through this medium, and highlight visual literacy as an essential skill today.

Your support extends through us to practitioners in this region who make, teach, and learn through our facilities. Thank you for your gift to PCNW!


PCNW Community Open Forum

Community Open Forum
Tuesday, April 22, 5:00pm

Please join the staff of PCNW at 5:00 pm April 22 for a Q/A with executive director Michelle Dunn Marsh on our current state and our forthcoming programs. We deeply value our community, and look forward to keeping you informed.

Extra Hours for Spring Quarter

Due to popular demand, PCNW will now be open on Monday’s from 5-9pm, as well as additional hours throughout the quarter to ensure everyone can make the most out of their photographic ambitions!

These Extended Hours apply to all of our Facilities:

To make a reservation please stop by or call the front desk: (206) 720-7222 x0

The facilities at Photo Center NW are open to all individuals from amateurs to professionals to hobbyists. Individuals may reserve a space in the darkroom, digital lab, or studio up to a week in advance of the desired appointment date. If you are new to Photo Center NW, you will be asked to participate in a free orientation of the facilities which covers equipment use, check-in procedure, safety issues and policies. Students currently enrolled in courses and Members of Photo Center NW receive special discounts on rental rates for the facilities. Enroll in a class or become a Member and take advantage of this great benefit! To schedule an orientation or training session, contact the front desk at 206.720.7222 x0.

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Artist Lecture: Curtis Mann

Artist Lecture: Curtis Mann
Friday, April 4th, 6:30 PM

Tickets: $10, $8 Members
Purchase Tickets Here

Mann’s photographs and sculptures question the artifice of the photographic medium. Masking, bleaching, tearing, folding and then developing select portions, Mann’s new works reevaluate modes of working within contemporary photographic practice and can be seen in the Process exhibition at PCNW.

Curtis Mann (b. 1979 in Dayton, OH) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and Providence, RI. Select recent solo exhibitions include Openings, Almine Rech, Paris; Modifications, South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC; Medium and Materiality, Monica de Cardenas, Milan, Italy; Medium and Materiality, LUCE Gallery, Torino, Italy; making oneself, making oneself, Kavi Gupta BERLIN; After the Gold Rush: Contemporary Photographs from the Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Mann has also been included in a number of group museum exhibitions including Fruits of Passion: Project of Contemporary Art, Centre Pompidou, Paris; 12×12: New Artists/New Work (2009) at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the 2010 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Process Opening Reception!

Meghann Riepenhoff

Join us on Thursday, March 13th 6-8PM for an opening reception for Process. Marking the 175th anniversary of the announcement of photography and its myriad forms in the 21st century, Process is a celebration of photographic works that explore unique methodologies and question how we define photography today. Artists included in this exhibit reflect the present and future of photography, exploring material, duration, and the relationship between image and object.

Artists include: 
Garth Amundson/Pierre Gour (WA), Matthew Brandt (CA), Scott B. Davis (CA), Phil Chang (CA), Neal Fryett (WA), Sharon Harper (MA), Andrzej Maciejewski, (Canada), Curtis Mann (RI), Chris McCaw (CA), Kendall McMinimy (WI), Laura Plageman (CA), Charlie Rubin (NY), Meghann Riepenhoff (CA) & Brea Souders (NY)


Hacking Love

We welcome Sandy Cioffi as a guest blogger today, who is sharing her thoughts on Hacking Love. Sandy Cioffi and Gretchen Burger will be facilitating Hacking Love, a weekend workshop in which participants will be guided in visual and formal inquiry, encouraged to experiment in the tradition of the high-tech “hackathon,” then work in small groups to develop approaches and shoot at predetermined locations. The weekend will culminate Sunday evening in public viewing of the final projects at PCNW. Click here to register and learn more, all you need is an iPhone, iPad, or DSLR. Take it away, Sandy!
Hacking Love is about working outside of your comfort zone in order to generate new ways to approach your art. It’s about learning skills to expand and deepen your creative ideas, while working collaboratively and having a whole lot of fun! We plan to accomplish this by shifting the focus away from tools and craft, to identifying a path for how to translate abstract concepts, like love, into an image, a two second gif, a one- minute video. We will replace high-end tools with lo-fi equipment (iphones, Go-pros, FuJi Instax), organize exercises around very specific rule sets and time limits, and shoot in unexpected environments—a cupcake bakery, a storefront window, a storage unit, an athletic gym.
Why hacking? Borrowed from the tech industry, we see the hacking model as potent process to intensively work through ideas in order to quickly arrive at new solutions and insights. At the center of our inquiry for the workshop are the following questions:
First, in modern English, we have one word for love. In ancient Greek, there were four types of love: eros, agape, philia and storge. How might we expand our own visual language of love when it is informed by the Greek Loves and low fi equipment?
And second, now that anyone can generate a selfie in still, giff and moving images, what is the role of photography today? In the late 19th and early 20th century, photography freed painting from representation and the role of preserving visual history, giving rise to cubist, surrealist and abstract painting.Have we arrived at a similar juncture for photography? How might the ubiquity of still and moving images liberate photography from portraiture, documentation, etc., and transform the medium?
We will spend Friday evening setting the context for our investigations and then jump right into making images on Saturday. The course will culminate in a public exhibition of our findings at PCNW on Sunday night.

Spring Classes: Register Now!

SPRING QUARTER: March 31 – June 13, 2014

Spring classes are now posted, hurry over and reserve your spot before the March 12th registration deadline! This spring quarter brings our usual core offerings, topped off with an exciting array of creative electives. Whether you want to engage in visual community activism, experiment with video and multimedia, or master the art of digital composite and montage, there is something for everyone!

Check out our new exciting class, Materials, Process, and the Object in Photography, designed to be in dialogue with our spring exhibition, Process, and explore the possibilities of the photographic artifact with guest instructors.



For book lovers and collectors: The Refined Eye

Book by Marquand Books

Masterclass: The Refined Eye
Saturday, February 22nd, 1–4pm

Instructor: Ed Marquand & Catherine Mills
$250 / $225 Members
Register Now!

Join us for an intimate afternoon for collectors and book lovers with two masters in the field, exploring detail and nuance through conversation and case studies of various book projects. This is a rare opportunity to experience professional tips, personal anecdotes, and participate in conversation with elite members of Seattle’s publishing community who have contributed to the history of photography through books featuring the work of Lee Friedlander, Robert Adams, Hector Acebes, Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp and Dorothea Lange, among others.

Ed Marquand‘s early interest in art, design, and publishing set his professional direction. He started Marquand Books in 1978 to be a graphic design and photography business specializing in work for art galleries, museums, and artists; it evolved into an art book publishing company in the mid-1980s and remains a pillar of Seattle’s publishing community. He is also a co-founder of IOColor, and the eastern Washington artist community Mighty Tieton. Ed will share stories and insights from his 30+ years of developing artful books.,

Catherine Mills has been designing photography and art books for over 25 years.  After eleven years as Director of Graphic Design and Publications at SFMOMA she embarked on a freelance career here in Seattle. Her clients include Fraenkel Gallery, Matthew Marks Gallery and many esteemed museums and cultural institutions. She has worked on seminal publications with Robert Adams, Lee Friedlander, and Alec Soth, among others. Her work can be seen at