The Photo Center 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, Photo Center NW draws on professional photographers who teach in their particular area of expertise.
Juan G. Aguilera | juangaguilera.com
Juan G. Aguilera is an Industrial Designer from the University Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico City. With a pre-press specialty, he has been involved in digital publishing since the darkroom days. A self proclaimed color nut, he believes color is an independent language, with a specific grammar, spelling and intonation. Juan is a teacher at heart, having taught geometry and design with students ranging from middle school to adults, he currently teaches Photoshop, color correction, camera raw and digital photography workflow in the Northwest. He is a member of NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) and has attended several Photoshop World events.
Brian Allen | brianallenphoto.com
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, the School of Art, University of Washington, and for the San Francisco Art Institute Summer MFA Program. He does documentary photography in Alaska and Seattle for architects, historians and artists, using both traditional and digital techniques.
Jahnavi Lisa Barnes | developinglight.com
BFA, University of Arizona in Tucson, home of the Center for Creative Photography. Studied at Savannah College of Art and Design and graduated with the Outstanding Student Award in Fine Art Photography from Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs. A master printer, she specializes in Traditional Silver B&W and photographs primarily with large format 4×5. In 1998, she attended a gallery opening for her work at Focal Point Gallery in New York. From that experience she was inspired to teach and began the Developing Light Fine Art Photography Workshops. Jahnavi’s photographic work is represented by Benham Fine Art, Seattle and Photography West Gallery in Carmel, California.
Zack Bent | zackbent.com
Zack Bent is an artist based in Seattle, Washington. His sculptures, photographs and videos are often mythic translations of his home, his family and the stuff he collects. Bent received degrees in architecture and environmental design from Ball State University and an MFA in photography from the University of Washington. Recent exhibitions of his work have included exhibits at PDX Contemporary (Portland), Crawl Space Gallery (Seattle), G.Gibson Gallery (Seattle), University of Calgary (Alberta CA) along with video screenings at the Weisman Museum of Art (MN), The Banff Center, and MVMA Fest (Marfa TX).
Rebecca Brown is a writer, artist, lecturer, curator, journalist and performer. She has authored a dozen books published in the US and abroad. Brown’s altered texts and installations have been exhibited in the Frye Art Museum, Hedreen Gallery, Arizona Center for Poetry, and Simon Fraser Gallery (Vancouver, BC). She has been awarded a Stranger Genius Award, Boston Book Review Award, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, Lambda Literary Award and (twice) the Washington State Book Award. She has taught and lectured in the US and abroad and is currently Artist in Residence at Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing and Poetics at the University of Washington, Bothell, and on the MFA in writing faculty at Goddard College, Vermont.
Gretchen Burger | gretchenburger.net
Gretchen is a video producer, editor and artist with over fifteen years’ experience in nonfiction filmmaking and television production. In 2010, Gretchen graduated from the MFA Film/Video program at The Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she turned her filmmaking pursuits from documentary to video art and installation. Drawing on nine years of boxing training and an interest in somatic experience, Gretchen’s videos explores themes of fragmentation, memory and the mind/body relationship. Her work has been shown at venues across the country, including the Northwest Film Forum In Seattle and the Anthology Film Archives in New York. Learn more at
Erin Elyse Burns | erinelyse.com
Erin Elyse Burns was raised in Reno, Nevada. She earned her BFA from the University of Nevada in 2004. She has lived and worked in Basel, Switzerland and Berlin, Germany and has exhibited her work widely. She completed her MFA at the University of Washington in 2009 and currently resides in Seattle where she is adjunct photography faculty at the University of Washington and North Seattle Community College. Burns’ artwork occupies territory between image, performance and artifact. She constructs experiences that embrace struggle and the potential for failure, yet simultaneously evoke a sense of the picturesque, the humorous, the vulnerable and the absurd. She utilizes both still and video cameras to transform expectations of authenticity, document and reality. Oftentimes she is cast as a subject in her work, exploring the desire to be both seen by and in control of what the camera witnesses. She creates objects that are given life and context when activated in front of the camera. Concepts of private ritual, identity, physicality and fascinations with the process of learning persist within her work.
Phillip Carpenter | phillipcarpenter.com
Phillip Carpenter is from Nashville, Tennessee, and gained his MFA from the University of Washington in 2013. Of his work, he writes “Everything seems ephemeral… The objects of the world move with us and by us, between us and without us. As we set something down to pick something else up, the specifics of that placement give insight into our personalities.” In his photographic work, as well as his more recent sculptural work, Carpenter looks at the spaces between people, and the experiences that shape relationships with strangers or with objects . His work engages thoughts of the past, the spontaneity of the present, and the unknown possibilities of the future.
Tara Champion | tarachampionphotography.com
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.
MFA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003. Tracy Cilona has been teaching at the university level since 2001 – B&W, Color, Conceptual, Sculpture, Installation and Digital Process – believing everything has photographic possibilities. She is currently the Art Gallery Coordinator for South Seattle Community College and bass player for low land high. Cilona is the co-founder of Damebuilder, a collective inspired by the interdisciplinary and collaborative ideas of the Feminist Art Movement that fused politics with the personal and art with intellect. She dreams about forming a feminist curatorial collective and getting her PH.D in Contemporary Feminist Art History from 1960 to 1990.
Sandy Cioffi | sandycioffi.com
Sandy is a Seattle-based film and video artist. She has produced and/or directed several films, including the critically acclaimed Sweet Crude, Crocodile Tears, Terminal 187 and Just Us. From Nicaragua to South Africa to Northern Ireland to Nigeria, Sandy has used film as documentation of conflict and a verification tool in efforts toward meaningful social change. Sandy has been a frequent guest on NPR and has recently been interviewed on CNN International, Marketplace, Democracy Now and ABC Nightline to discuss the current situation in the Niger Delta. She was a tenured professor in the Film and Video Communications Department at Seattle Central Community College from 2001-2013. She is currently an adjunct professor in the Film Studies Program at Seattle University and the Director of the newly established Film Program at the Cornish College of the Arts.
Carina A. del Rosario | cadelrosario.com
Carina 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.
Nichole DeMent | nicholedement.com
The Evergreen State College, BA, 2002 — Photography and Art History major. Nichole DeMent is a photographic-based artist, educator, and curator. She co-owned Rock|DeMent visual art space in Pioneer Square with partner Stephen Rock from Feb. 2006-2012. She was also gallery director at ArtsWest for four years during that time. Nichole has taught fine art with a photographic focus at regional institutions such as Pacific Lutheran University and Photographic Center Northwest. Her personal artwork in traditional photographic mediums and avant-garde mixed media encaustic processes have been awarded, positively reviewed, and can be found in numerous collections including the Swedish Medical Center Art Collection. Her artwork is represented at SAM Gallery.
Bill Finger | billfinger.net
MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2005. Bill Finger is a fine art photographer whose work is a re-imagining of movie sets that he worked on during his career as an Assistant Cameraman. Bill’s credits include such movies as A River Runs Through It, Days of Thunder, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as the television series Bones and Dawson’s Creek. His photographs have been shown in both the US and Canada and are included in the permanent collection of the George Eastman House Museum of Photography, in Rochester, NY. Locally, his photographs can be found at Punch Gallery and the SAM Sales Gallery.
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 | danieljgregory.com
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.
Dan Hawkins | washingtonruins.com
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.
Marita Holdaway | benhamfineart.com
Twenty-two years in the commercial gallery business and a lifetime commitment to building community, Marita Holdaway’s experience and passion, quick-mindedness and ability to see unexplored connections has resulted in successful experiences for her clients. Sharing her empirical knowledge about building successful strategies to reach your goals and to better enjoy the art of living by ― giving you back time for production, creativity and the enjoyment of your efforts. Her gallery’s mission statement, “to represent early and mid-career artists” has gained her the expertise to help artists navigate their way thru the “business of being an artist.” Since 1996, she has been asked to speak at international art festivals to help artists further their careers and to critique their work. Exposure to Latin and European art worlds adds to the wealth of knowledge Marita brings to the table during consultations. She helps artists create the tools they need to succeed and ascertains the path to obtain their goals.
Eirik Johnson | eirikjohnson.com
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 | davekennedyimages.com
Dave Kennedy is a recipient of the 4Culture Individual Project Award and the Joanne Bailey Wilson Endowed Scholarship. He recently served on Seattle Art Museum’s Blueprint Roundtable panel discussing the “color line” in the arts and has participated as a guest lecturer at the Henry on the topics of beauty and social inclusion as an intro to their “Out [O] Fashion” Show curated by Deb Willis. Kennedy has prepared multimedia presentations for the Society of Photographic Educators, Cornish College of the Arts, and the University of Washington on topics of marginalization and objectification. He received his MFA from the University of Washington in Interdisciplinary Arts and an undergraduate degree from Western Washington University in Visual Communication. He is an active member of Photo Center Northwest and advisor to Incluseum, a blog whose focus is on social inclusion in museums. His works have exhibited both locally and internationally at such venues as the G. Gibson Gallery, Photo Center Northwest, Zhou B Art Center, Escuela de Belle Arte in Spain, and the Seattle Art Museum’s Gallery. Commissioned works include private interests as well as commercially based collaborations with designers, art directors and creative directors for such distinguished clients as Adobe, ATT, Boeing, Hasbro, IBM, Microsoft and the University of Washington.
Molly Landreth | mollylandreth.com
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.
Nancy LeVine | browneyesgallery.com
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 MSNBC.com. 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.
Joshua S. MacCracken
Joshua S. MacCracken earned his MFA degree in Photomedia from the University of Washington and his BA in both Visual Art and Psychology from the University of Miami. Over the past decade he has worked as a corporate and freelance photographer while also working as a guide and adventure photographer for a non-profit organization in Thailand. He is currently a guest lecturer for the photo department at the University of Washington and also teaches for Seattle Public Schools. His photographic work often combines aspects of performance and installation and has been exhibited in numerous cities including Miami, New Orleans, Seattle, and Los Angeles.
Ed Marquand | marquandbooks.com | mightytieton.com
Ed’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.
Born and raised in Seattle, Lance Mercer started photographing the local music scene at the age of 13. He graduated from the Commercial Photography program at Seattle Central Community College in 1987, and became a full-time freelance photographer in 1991. Through his involvement with the local music scene, he was invited to tour with Pearl Jam in 1992-95 as their official photographer. Subsequently, this work enabled him to continue full-time as a photographer for many other well-known musical artists. Mercer has photographed album covers for clients including Epic Records, Columbia Records, Capitol, Warner Brothers, Geffen and A&M. His photos have been published in Rolling Stone, Spin, Time, Vanity Fair, and Alternative Press. Also a musician, Mercer extensively toured and produced 3 full-length records with his band The Briefs. In recent years, his focus has again returned to his photography, and in 2006, he published a book of Pearl Jam photographs entitled 5X1: Pearl Jam through the eye of Lance Mercer.
Catherine Mills | catherinemillsdesign.com
Catherine 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.
Brian Morris | brianmorris.zenfolio.com
Brian has been a commercial photographer for over 25 years, shooting digitally for most of that time. With his traditional schooling coming from Brooks Institute of Photography, he considers himself a crafter of light and shadow, focusing his work on mostly corporate images such as product, food, fashion and people. As an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop, Brian has taught a variety of classes including Digital photography, Photoshop, Lightroom, lighting workshops and studio photography. He has shown his own personal work in various galleries around the Puget Sound and enjoys helping other emerging young photographers find their own creative style. Brian is a member of ASMP, and serves as the current co-president of the local ASMP chapter.
Annie Marie Musselman | anniemusselman.com
Annie Marie was born south of Seattle in a quiet town surrounded by deep forests and cold water. Her first personal project, Finding Trust, started 7 years ago at a wildlife sanctuary near Seattle. It has been featured in several magazines and exhibitions, “I strive to confront the destructive side of human impact on the survival of all wild creatures.” Currently she is working on a project photographing animals in specific sanctuaries around the world to raise awareness of the fragility and beauty of endangered/indicator species – animals which if saved, would save countless other species as well. Annie’s work can be seen in American Photography 25, Outside, National Geographic Magazine, Harper Collins, Elle, Travel + Leisure, The New York Times and Newsweek among others.
Janet Neuhauser | janetneuhauser.com
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. 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 was in 2011 at Artspace Gallery on Bainbridge Island and was titled Self-Portraits: 1980-2011.
Bridget Nowlin, M.A. has been teaching in the arts since 1991. She currently teaches art history and is Curator of Visual Resources at the Cornish College of the Arts and is also the Registrar of the Monsen Collection of Photography. She curated the photography exhibition Outta My Light! Picturing the Processes of Photography at the Henry Art Gallery. She was on the committee for the Frye Art Museum’s photography exhibition Celebrating Women in the Arts and has worked on staff for the Henry Art Gallery and the Museum of Photographic Arts. She received her Bachelors degree in Photography from the University of Nevada, Reno and her Masters degree from the University of Washington.
Rosanne Olson | rosanneolson.com
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 | annpallesen.com
Ann Pallesen received her BFA from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins in 1993. She has continued her studies through Photo Center NW – where she honed her skills in lith printing by master printers, including Tim Rudman. She has exhibited her work nationally and is included in several private collections. Having an appreciation for pictorialism and photography from the turn of the 19th century, she finds lith printing an intriguing process to express her vision. The warm tones, hard shadows and soft highlights of lith prints create a timeless atmosphere of delicacy and nostalgia. She shoots with vintage and plastic cameras. Ann served as the Gallery Director of the Photographic Center NW for nearly two decades, and recently started in a new role as Partnerships Manager. She is based in Seattle, WA.
Ron Reeder | ronreeder.com
PhD, MIT, 1969. Ron Reeder specializes in palladium printing using digital negatives. In 2006 he co-authored Digital Negatives: Using Photoshop to Create Digital Negatives for Silver and Alternative Process Printing (Focal Press). Ron has introduced use of the QuadTone RIP for ultimate control of the process. He prefers large format film cameras, scans the negatives, assembles the image in Photoshop and then outputs the final print in palladium. Ron finds reality in photography somewhat boring. His current subject matter is imaginary landscapes of the mind. Ron pursued a research career in molecular biology until retiring from Seattle’s Hutchinson Cancer Center in 2002 to pursue photography.
Meghann Riepenhoff | meghannriepenhoff.com
Meghann Riepenhoff work has been published in Harper’s Magazine, Aperture PhotoBook Review, and BOMB Magazine among others. She has exhibited at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; San Francisco Arts Commission, SF Camerawork, Center for Fine Art Photography, and Foley Gallery. She is currently a finalist for Critical Mass, and for the John Clarence Laughlin Award. She is an Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts, and has been an artist in residence at the Banff Centre. Riepenhoff earned her BFA from the University of Georgia, and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, where she is on the faculty.
Beb C. Reynol | deltageographic.com
Beb C. Reynol (b.1966) is a documentary photographer and freelance photojournalist working for social change. His objectives are to work in favor of populations confronted by exclusion and censorship. He has concentrated his work in South and Central Asia, crossing borders that separate Pakistan from Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan (2003-2005), Beb worked alongside Afghan photojournalists for AINA Media, a French NGO working on contributing to the reconstruction of freedom of expression through education and independent media development. He trained, coordinated and assisted local photographers working with a UNICEF anti-child-labor photo project and divided his time between supervising the students’ post-production work and producing a documentary of his own called Forced Destiny. This photo documentary garnered international media attention, including a feature on a Canadian national broadcasting television program for Radio-Canada and has brought him several high-profile grants. Beb’s work is represented, in part, by the World Picture Network (WPN).
Keeara Rhoades | keeararhoades.com
Keeara Rhoades creates immersive video installations and digital interventions using photography, sculpture and sound. As a visual artist, drummer, and performer, her manifestations often hinge on subconscious action, desire, and the sometimes precarious state of human rationality. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently presenting a solo exhibition at Gallery 4Culture, titled Undercover Holidays; performing at the Seattle Art Museum’s fall Remix event (Take Me Out To Play); and drawing digital light onto a dancer in Susie J. Lee’s production, Swimming The List. Keeara holds an MFA from the University of Washington (2008), a BFA from Indiana University’s Herron School of Art, and a BA in Graphic Design and English Journalism. She teaches at various universities and centers for art around the Northwest. Originally from Wyoming, Rhoades has made Seattle home.
Meghann Riepenhoff | meghannriepenhoff.com
Meghann Riepenhoff was featured in the Process exhibition at PCNW in 2014; her work engages the specificity of place and environmental elements as she explores photographic reactions to sand, salt water, wind and waves, retaining traces of these in the object. She has also exhibited at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; SF Camerawork; and Foley Gallery, New York. She has been published in Harper’s Magazine, Aperture PhotoBook Review, and BOMB Magazine among others; she holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, where she has been on the faculty.
Jenny Riffle | jennyriffle.com
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.
Patricia Ridenour’s photographs have been in Vogue, Mirabella, and Ornament magazines. She has worked with a variety of different fashion designers to produce innovative advertisements, including Seattle ‘s Darbury Stenderu. In her late teens and early twenties Ridenour was a fashion designer and was featured in the Seattle Designers Fashion Shows, and in many local newsmagazines and papers including the Seattle Times special fashion segments. She also was a professional fashion stylist for three years before choosing photography as a career.
Patricia Ridenour is an internationally published fine art and commercial photographer. Her client list includes Kodak, Thai Airways and Random House. Exhibits of her work have toured internationally. Patricia Ridenour also received a first place award for excellence in journalism from SPJ and first place award in the professional category from the International Photography Awards.
Leslie Saber | sabershots.com
With expertise in both film and digital photography, Leslie Saber has studied photography in Paris, France, Palm Springs, California and Seattle, Washington. Her fine art photography has been shown in galleries throughout Seattle and has won many awards–including first prize in the 2007 Kodak photography contest. Her work has been published in several different online and print magazines, including Sunset Magazine. An active volunteer and supporter of the arts in Seattle, Saber teaches photography at Photo Center NW in Seattle and Arts Now in Edmonds, Washington.
Hanita Schwartz | hanitaschwartz.com
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.
Nick Shepard | nickshepard.com
Nicholas Shepard’s photographs employ the visual language of classic paintings to explore contemporary American life. He shoots primarily using large and medium format film cameras, then scans, edits, and prints his images digitally. He grew up in New York, and after graduating with a degree in Studio Art and Art History from Carleton College in 2007, he earned his MFA in 2011 from the School of Visual Arts in New York. His work was included in the Wallpaper* Magazine 2011 Graduate Directory. He lives and works in Portland.
Laura Shoe | laurashoe.com
Summer Intensive and Digital Intensive, Rocky Mountain School of Photography, 2004; Masters in Business Administration, University of Chicago; BS in Economics, Santa Clara University. Laura teaches Photoshop and digital photography. She worked for almost 20 years in the corporate world before pursuing her passion as a photographer. She is a fine art photographer, and has a particular interest in abstract images and in compositing such images to convey complex themes. Laura’s work has been shown in galleries throughout the West. Laura is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop.
Melinda Simon received her BFA in Photography and Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art & Design and her MFA in Photography from Cornell University. Melinda taught at the Universities of Cincinnati, Dayton & Northern Kentucky, and the Art Academy of Cincinnati before moving to Seattle. Since then, she has continue to accumulate eclectic professions, pursue diverse interests and now returns to her deepest passion: teaching, for which she won the Society of Photographic Education’s National Crystal Apple teaching award. She’s exhibited nationally and her own work investigates domestic exteriors and urban design.
Ann Slothower | slothowerphoto.com
Ann Slothower holds a BA in Fine Art mixed media with emphasis in photography and printmaking, and a Commercial Photography degree from Seattle Central Creative Arts Academy. Ann has a well rounded view of the vast world of photography, Commercial and Fine Art alike. She is continuing to discover the balance of creating satisfying personal work while maintaining a career as a professional photographer. Ann keeps herself busy photographing weddings in the summer, working for various studios in town, doing professional editing for other photographers, and developing her passion for teaching. She also spends a lot of time volunteering as a classroom mentor with Youth In Focus and as an event photographer for Susan G Komen. When she’s not doing all of that, you will most likely find her producing elaborate photo or video shoots all around town. Just for fun.
Rafael Soldi | rafaelsoldi.com
Rafael Soldi is a Peruvian-born, Seattle-based photographer and independent curator. He holds a BFA in Photography & Curatorial Studies from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Soldi’s work has been exhibited and published internationally at the Frye Art Museum, American University Museum, Griffin Museum of Photography, Greg Kucera Gallery, Connersmith, Emory University, Photo Center NW, Vertice Galeria, and G. Gibson Gallery among others. He is a 2012 Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Award Winner, 2014 Puffin Foundation grant recipient, and his work is in the permanent collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, and the King County Public Art Collection, among others. Soldi is the Marketing Director at Photographic Center Northwest.
Jake Warga | jakewarga.com
University of London, Visual Anthropology, MA. Jake Warga is a public radio producer and photographer. His radio stories have aired on PRI’s The World, NPR’s All Things Considered, Studio360, This American Life, and more. Jake’s photography has been featured on Wired.com and is a regular contributor to Getty and Corbis Images. His multi-media exhibit “Faces of Africa” (Photos/Audio) is on exhibit at Seattle Art Museum. He photographs and produces corporate web and media content.
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.
Matthew Williams | matthewwilliamsphotography.com
Matthew Williams, a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography, is a freelance photographer currently based in Seattle, Washington. His work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, The Washington Post, MSNBC.com, The FADER, ESPN.com, Doubletruck Magazine, and zReportage.com. In addition he is an alumni of the Eddie Adams Workshop as well as the recipient of several national awards for his work on the AIDS situation in Thailand.