The PCNW faculty has

At Its Heart

professional fine art photographers who bring expertise and extensive teaching experience to the classroom.

To continually offer an exciting and diverse curriculum, PCNW draws on professional photographers who teach in their particular area of expertise.



Brian Allen |
Masters in Studio Art, New York University/International Center of Photography, 1989; AB, Cum Laude in General Studies, Harvard University, 1976. In addition to teaching at Photographic Center Northwest for many years, Brian Allen has taught at the International Center of Photography in New York, the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, and the School of Art, University of Washington. He does documentary photography in Alaska and Washington for architects, historians and artists, using both traditional and digital techniques. He recently photographed the Mission de San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo) in Texas for the Historic American Building Survey.

Will Austin |
Will Austin is an award-winning photographer specializing in architectural, industrial, editorial and location photography. Will’s photographic journeys have taken him to Europe, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, India, Korea, Canada and across the United States. His client list includes National Geographic Books, Microsoft Corporation and numerous publishers, architects, NGOs and businesses large and small. His stock imagery is distributed by Spaces Images. Among Will’s favorite pastimes are going on adventures with his wife and son, and uncovering family lore about his Texas ancestors. He lives in the Seattle area with his family. Will is an ASMP Seattle/Northwest board member.

John Blalock
John Blalock has been a nurse and photographer for fifteen years. He holds an MFA in Photography from the University of Washington and a BS in nursing from Oregon Health Sciences University. He has worked as an Artist in Residence at Seattle Children’s Hospital and has taught numerous youth and adult photography workshops. John was a founding partner of Gript Inc, a startup camera accessories company, where he worked with CAD-CA software, machining, and mass production manufacturing. He currently lives and works in the Pioneer Square area as a teacher and freelance photographer.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Brown
Elizabeth A. Brown is an independent scholar, educator, and consultant specializing in contemporary art and the history of photography. From 2000-2011 she was Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions & Collections at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, following positions at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, and the University Art Museum, UC Santa Barbara. She has curated over 50 exhibitions, including mid-career surveys of Kiki Smith (photographic work) and Lari Pittman (drawings), WOW (The Work of the Work), which explored how contemporary art affects the viewer; and 150 Works of Art, an innovative display of the Henry’s permanent collection. Brown earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan and M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degrees, all in the history of art, from Columbia University in New York. She currently teaches at the Photographic Center Northwest, Cornish College of the Arts, and Seattle University.

Tara Champion |
Tara Champion is a conservation photographer with a M.S. in Biological Photography and Imaging from the University of Nottingham, a B.A. in photography from Seattle University and a B.S. in Biology from Seattle University. Her work strives to prove that one does not have to live solely in the right or left sides of the brain. Working in both traditional black and white/silver processes and digital techniques she believes that the powerful use of imagery can change people’s opinion about the world we all call home. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and exhibited in the U.S. and abroad.

Annabel Clark |
Annabel Clark is a documentary and portrait photographer based in Seattle and New York City. Born and raised in California, she received her BFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design. During her final term at Parsons, she photographed her mother, the late actress Lynn Redgrave, during her treatment and initial recovery from breast cancer. In 2004, the project was published as a six-page spread in the New York Times Magazine and then as the book Journal: A Mother and Daughter’s Recovery from Breast Cancer by Umbrage Editions. She has worked on assignment for many publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and Money Magazine. Her work has been exhibited at the Minnesota Center for Photography, Michael Mazzeo Gallery and the Southeast Museum of Photography as well as at hospitals and medical schools across the country.

John Cornicello |
John Cornicello was born and raised in the New York metro area and is now a commercial photographer and educator based in Seattle, WA. He received a BA in Communications from Ramapo College of New Jersey, having studied photography with David Freund and Ed Sculley. After a career in the tech sector, including oversight of Adobe’s online forum operations, John returned to photography full-time specializing in head shots and portraits. In addition to teaching at PCNW, He is a freelance contributor as an instructor and lighting technician for other instructors with CreativeLive. In his spare time, John blogs about photography topics, wrote a book Anatomy of a Portrait, and is a voracious reader of photography books, amassing a library of more than 400 books about photography and photographers.

Carina A. del Rosario |
Carina del Rosario earned her B.A. in Communication from Santa Clara University in 1991 where, to complement her journalism studies, she taught herself photography. She continues to develop her skills with the help of mentors like Seattle-based photographer and multi-media artist John D. Pai, and the instructors and staff at Photography Center Northwest. She also studied with National Geographic Traveler Photographer Raul Touzon and Eddie Soloway (both affiliated with the Santa Fe Workshops), as well as Magnum Photographer Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb. In addition to pursuing her own creative projects, she teaches photography, digital storytelling and media justice to youth. She freelances with non-profit and social justice organizations to provide them with a range of media services, including photography, writing, editing, training and consultation. She also founded the International District Engaged in Arts (IDEA) Odyssey Collective Gallery, which showcases visual art by emerging artists of color and those exploring culture and diversity in their work.

Julianne Duncan
Julianne Duncan was born and raised in Las Vegas. She moved to Seattle to purse a degree in commercial photography with an emphasis in fine art and alternative process photography, at The Art Institute of Seattle. Julianne is a freelance commercial photographer, primarily photographing local events and food in Seattle.

Jon Feinstein |
Jon Feinstein is a Seattle and New York City-based photographer, curator, co-founder of Humble Arts Foundation, and Strategic Partnerships Manager at Shutterstock. Jon has curated numerous exhibitions, including Riffs at PCNW, Radical Color at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon; Another New York for Art-Bridge at The Barclays Arena in Brooklyn, NY; the internet-acclaimed New Cats in Art Photography; and 31 Women in Art Photography at Hasted Kraetleur in NYC. His various curatorial and personal projects have been featured in The New York Times, The New Republic, BBC, VICE, Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, American Photo, Art Info, and FoxNews; and his writing has appeared in TIME, Slate, Daylight, GOOD, and Whitewall Magazines.

Joe Freeman |
For two decades, Joe Freeman has been exploring the energy and mystery of various existing and imagined terrains. He earned a BFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA in Photomedia from the University of Washington. Joe has been nominated for PDN’s 30 in NYC, the Henry Art Gallery Brink Award and New Fellows grant through the New Foundation, both in Seattle, has twice been a finalist for the Hariban Award in Japan, and has been a finalist for Critical Mass in Portland.

Claire Garoutte
Willamette University, BA 1984; University of Washington, MFA, 1990. Claire Garoutte’s photography has been exhibited internationally. Her work has appeared in anthologies published by Cassell Press and Midmarch Press as well as in Art in America. She was the principal photographer for glass artist Dale Chihuly from 1991-1996. Claire Garoutte wrote and illustrated the book ‘Matter of Trust’ published in Germany in 1996. Since 1994, she has worked extensively in Cuba researching her second book. She has taught at Photo Center NW since 1988.

Daniel Gregory |
Daniel Gregory received his Master’s degree in Communications in 1994. He is a graduate of the Photographic Center’s certificate program. Daniel has lived in Seattle for over 15 years and does fine art and editorial photography focusing on the environment and human interactions in those spaces. He uses traditional darkroom, alternative process, and digital techniques for his various projects and assignments. He is also an Adobe Certified Professional in Lightroom.

Laura Hart Newlon |
Laura Hart Newlon is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in photography, writing and sculpture. Newlon has recently exhibited work at SOIL (Seattle), Triumph (Chicago), Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LA), Roots & Culture (Chicago), the Baltimore Art Fair (Baltimore) and LVL3 (Chicago), and has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, The Wassaic Project, and ACRE. She completed her MFA in Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, and an MA in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Washington in 2010. Newlon lives in Seattle where she is an Associate Professor in the Art Department at Cornish College of the Arts.

Dan Hawkins |
Dan Hawkins is a Seattle based photographer who has used a wide variety of obsolete and archaic imaging processes to produce his work. These highly personal documents often deal with the dual themes of memory and decay. Beginning with empty houses and discarded water towers he has gone on to record EPA Superfund sites, chemical factories, decaying ballrooms, deserted nuclear facilities, crumbling hotels, and a number of derelict mental hospitals and jails. In his attempts to describe a “landscape of the soul” he has managed to see many of the nations lost treasures of industry and tour its forgotten mental health legacy. He is currently working on a body of photographs from a recent tour of the nuclear reactors of Northern France.

Elisa Huerta-Enochian |
Elisa is an artist and photographer born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She holds a BA in Fine Art Photography from Seattle University and a Certificate in Fine Art Photography from the Photographic Center Northwest. Huerta-Enochian explores identity through self-portraits and portraiture. She lives in Seattle.

Melinda Hurst Frye |
Melinda Hurst Frye is a Seattle based exhibiting artist, working in themes of implied environments and shared experiences within the still life aesthetic. Her current work, which illustrates the mystery and activity of subterranean and residential ecosystems was featured on Humble Arts Foundation and WIRED photo, and in various solo and group exhibitions throughout the Northwest region. Hurst Frye holds an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and is a dedicated member of the Society for Photographic Education.

Adam Jabari Jefferson |
Adam Jabari Jefferson is an audio-visual griot and educator. He blends word, sound, and image to depict POC life, art and cultures. Adam earned his B.B.A in Marketing from Howard University and his M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University. Between degrees, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cabo Verde. In 2011, Jabari founded Creation Works Project, a Chicago-based youth arts salon and precursor to his current PhotOrganic Studio. Through PhoOrganic, Adam creates original digital content and mentors young artists telling their own stories. Adam Jabari’s photographs have been exhibited at Gallery Guichard, Wisdom Artist Gallery, and Columbia City Gallery. He’s produced video and audio stories for National Geographic Magazine, McClatchy News, and King County. He is a 2018 Artist Trust GAP Award Recipient. Adam Jabari was born in Chicago and raised by a village. He has lived in Seattle since 2013.

Eirik Johnson |
Eirik Johnson is a photographic artist based in Seattle, WA. His work has been exhibited at spaces including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Aperture Foundation in New York. He has received awards including a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in 2009, the Santa Fe Prize in 2005, and a William J. Fulbright Grant to Peru in 2000. Johnson’s work is in the collections of institutions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Seattle Art Museum, and the George Eastman House. Books by Johnson include Sawdust Mountain (Aperture, 2009), Borderlands (Twin Palms Press, 2005), and Snow Star (Cavallo Point Press, 2009). His editorial work has appeared in numerous magazines including Dwell, Metropolis, the New York Times T Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal.

Dave Kennedy |
Dave Kennedy received his MFA from the University of Washington in Interdisciplinary Arts and an undergraduate degree from Western Washington University in Visual Communication. He has worked as Co-Director and Visiting Lecturer for the University of Washington’s Art in Spain program. He is a recipient of the 4Culture Individual Project Award, as well as, Artist Trust’s Grants for Artists Projects, the Joanne Bailey Wilson Endowed Scholarship, and the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship. Kennedy has served on Seattle Art Museum’s Blueprint Roundtable panel and has participated as a guest lecturer at the Henry as an intro to their “Out [O] Fashion” Show curated by Deb Willis. He has presented multimedia presentations to the Society of Photographic Educators, Cornish College of the Arts, and the University of Washington on topics of marginalization and objectification. Kennedy is currently working as the Visual Arts Coordinator at the Vermont Studio Center while continuing to be an active member of Photographic Center Northwest and represented by Bridge Productions in Seattle, WA. His works have been published globally in such magazines as Art21 and Numéro Cinq and exhibited both locally and internationally at such venues as the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, Photographic Center Northwest, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center, Escuela de Belle Arte in Spain, Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society Museum, and the Seattle Art Museum’s Gallery.

Molly Landreth |
Molly Landreth is a Seattle based artist who explores concepts of identity and community through intimate large-format film photography and multi-media collaboration. She is also a working photographer who creates fine art, lifestyle and portrait imagery for clients nation-wide. Landreth has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Time Magazineʼs Lens Blog and in The Advocate for her ongoing body of work, “Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life in America,” which she continues to exhibit and speak about internationally. Landreth holds an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts, New York; and a BA in Studio Art from Scripps College in California.

Miriam Leuchter
Miriam Leuchter has over 20+ years of professional experience in the photographic editorial and print industry. For the past eight years, Leuchter served as the Editor-In-Chief of American Photo and Popular Photography. She has worked as editor, reporter, and writer for numerous print publications and has received awards including the ICI/American University Award. She is the author of Take Your Best Shot: Tips & Tricks for Shooting Amazing Photos, 2011.

Nancy LeVine |
Nancy LeVine is an award winning photographer who has travelled worldwide on a variety of assignments. Her project ‘Senior Dogs Across America’ is featured on a number of blogs including The New York Times LENS Blog and Lens Culture. A solo show of this work opened at the Houston Center for Photography on May 4, 2012. Nancy has worked with David Horsey, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, on a multimedia series, ‘Escape Into America’ for It received over one million views. Her client resume is extensive and it includes Seattle Children’s Hospital, Starbucks, and PBS. Previously, while based in New York City, her assignments were focused on fashion and personalities with frequent work in Paris. Her photographs have appeared in numerous publications such as L’Officiel de la Couture (Paris) and The New York Times. She has a book published called ‘A Dog’s Book of Truths’. Her work has been selected to appear in American Photo, The Photo Review, and American Photography Annual website as well as in gallery shows in New York and Seattle. The New Britain Museum of American Art collects her work. Nancy completed her Master of Arts degree at NYU/ICP. She currently lives in New York and Seattle where she does assignment work and is working on new photographic projects.

Molly Mac
Artist and curator Molly Mac is a co-curator of The Alice Gallery in Seattle, WA. Mac holds an MFA in Combined Media from Hunter College, NY and a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Washington. In addition to curating exhibitions at the Alice Gallery, Mac, who works primarily in time-based video and performance, has exhibited work at venues including the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, the Schoolhouse, Brooklyn, NY, and the Royal College of Art in London. Mac has taught workshops and courses at institutions including the Seattle International Film Festival, the Henry Art Gallery, and the Creative Time Summit in Stockholm Sweden.

Janet Neuhauser | 
MFA Photography, The Pratt Institute; BA, Classical Studies, University of Washington; BA Liberal Arts, The Evergreen State College. A fine art photographer with over 20 years of teaching experience, Neuhauser has taught everything from traditional black and white printing to digital imaging to a diverse range of students—she is currently the photography teacher at Brainbridge High School. After developing a successful career as a freelance editorial photographer in New York City, she began teaching at the International Center of Photography and discovered her love for the art and craft of teaching photography. Since then, she has led intensive workshops at community-based arts organizations and taught high school and college-level courses across the country. Neuhauser maintains a studio in Seattle; her most recent solo exhibition, Red Hook Photographs, was held in Brooklyn, NY and featured a series of images taken in the Red Hook waterfront neighborhood over the span of ten years.

Rosanne Olson |
Rosanne Olson is a fine art and portrait photographer. She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and has taught workshops on lighting, portraiture and creativity at Photo Center NW, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Photo Expo and in her Seattle studio. She authored a book about women and body image titled “This is Who I Am – our beauty in all shapes and sizes” (Artisan Books 2008). Her books about photography include ABCs of Beautiful Light (Amherst Media 2014) and The Art of the Portrait (Amherst Media 2015) due out in fall of 2015.  Rosanne’s diverse photography background ranges from newspaper and magazine photography to commercial jobs. She has won numerous awards including Communications Arts (nine times) and Graphic photo anuals (12x).  She is represented by Robin Rice Gallery in New York and Iris Gallery in Boston and Aspen. Between making photographs and art, Roseanne is involved in music.

Ann Pallesen |
Ann Pallesen is a Seattle-based artist. She received her BFA from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. Having an appreciation for pictorialism and photography from the turn of the 19th century, she finds lith printing an intriguing analog process to express her vision. The warm tones, hard shadows and soft highlights create a timeless atmosphere of delicacy and nostalgia. She has exhibited her work nationally at Benham Gallery, Photo LA, Gallery 291, SAM Rental Gallery, Frye Art Museum, Washington State Convention Center, Denver International Airport, Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, Wall Space/Utina, Gallery Frames LLC, PCNW, Glazer’s, Blue Sky Gallery (drawers), among others. Pallesen was invited to give an artist talk about her photographs at the Portland Art Museum in 2016 and has been published in Black & White magazine in the UK, Camera Arts, Diffusion, Lenscratch and Lensculture. Previously she served as the Gallery Director of PCNW for nearly two decades where she produced over 150 exhibitions with emerging and renowned artists. She welcomes curatorial collaborations and offers consultation to artists who are editing their work, preparing for exhibitions and entering the fine art market.

Josh Poehlein |
Josh Poehlein was born and raised on the East Coast of the US. He has lived in Georgia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Utah, Illinois, and most recently, Washington state. Josh is a visual artist, educator and curator with a background in photography. He received his MFA in 2013 from Columbia College Chicago and has been on faculty at the Photographic Center NW and the North Seattle College. Poehlein has exhibited work in numerous venues nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Aviary Gallery in Boston, MA, and the group exhibition “Just Visiting” at Soil Gallery in Seattle, WA. In 2015, Josh founded SAD Gallery in Seattle, WA.

Jenny Riffle |
Jenny Riffle was born in Washington State in 1979. She received her MFA in Photo, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in 2011 and her BA in photography from Bard College in 2001. Recent awards include The Pilkington Prize, 2015, PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch 2014, Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship 2013, and the juror’s award at Newspace Center for Photography’s 2012 juried show for her project Scavenger: Adventures in Treasure Hunting. A book of the Scavenger photographs was published by Zatara Press in the fall of 2015. Riffle lives in Seattle where she teaches at Photographic Center Northwest.

Conor Risch |
Conor Risch is a Seattle-based writer and editor. He is Senior Editor of Photo District News (PDN) magazine and, an award-winning photography industry publication. He is on the board of Blue Earth Alliance, a non-profit organization that provides fiscal sponsorship and other support to visual storytellers working on environmental and critical social issues. Conor grew up in Redmond, Washington, and has a B.A. in English from Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Hanita Schwartz |
Hanita Schwartz’s work spans sculpture, photography and video. In her work, she explores varying points of her views of banal everyday objects, dwells on the potential to change their hereditary assumptions and meanings. Her work has been represented internationally and locally. She was born and raised in Tel-Aviv and moved to Seattle from Israel in 2000. Hanita got her B.ed degree in fine arts and art education from Hamidrasha College of fine arts in Israel, and her MFA from the University of Washington.

Gina White |
Gina White has been a photographer for over ten years, working as a freelance entertainment photographer, fine art photographer and as a teaching assistant at Photo Center NW. Her work has been published in Men’s Health magazine, The Seattle Times and The Stranger. Gina recently was the teaching assistant in master printer Dr. Tim Rudman’s 5-day lith printing workshop. She has exhibited at Photo Center NW and Studio Siena in Pioneer Square.