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.

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.

Chloe Collyer
Chloe Collyer (they/them) is a freelance photographer and photo educator who stays deeply connected to the history and community of the Seattle area. A natural born documentarian, Chloe started first in the darkroom and now teaches and mentors young adults while freelancing for clients like New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, NPR and more.

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.

Jon Feinstein |
Jon Feinstein is a Seattle and New York City-based curator, photographer, co-founder of Humble Arts Foundation, and Content Director at The Luupe a new platform connecting women and non-binary photographers with leading brands. Jon has curated numerous exhibitions over the past fifteen years, including Blue Sky’s curatorial prize exhibition: “An Inward Gaze” – with Roula Seikaly, and Currents at PhotoNola 2019. His projects have been featured in Aperture, NY Times, The New Republic, BBC, VICE, The New Yorker, Hyperallergic, Feature Shoot, and American Photo. His writing has appeared in VICE, Hyperallergic, Aperture, Photograph, Adobe’s blog, TIME, Slate, Daylight, and PDN.

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.

Melinda Hurst Frye |
Melinda Hurst Frye is a Seattle-based artist and educator. By way of observation, experimentation, and slow investigation, her practice centers themes of ecology and place in photographs of the Pacific Northwest landscape. She holds an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Hurst Frye’s work has been featured on Humble Arts Foundation, Lenscratch, and WIRED Photo and exhibited widely throughout the United States. She is represented by J. Rinehart Gallery.

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.

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 (ten times) and Graphis photo annuals (12 times). In 2019 she was honored to be selected as a Graphis Photography Master. She is represented by Robin Rice Gallery in New York and Iris Gallery. Between making photographs and art, Rosanne is involved in creating music.

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.

Adair Rutledge |
Adair Freeman Rutledge is a photographic artist based in Seattle, WA. Originally from small town Alabama, her photography work often questions enduring traditions and underscores tensions between cultural practices and modern realities. Through a curious and feminist lens, she explores how American customs influence expectations for our youth, shape gender roles, and impact racial stereotypes. Adair’s photography has been commissioned by brands like Amazon, John Deere, Brooks Running, and Lands’ End. Her fine art work has been featured on NPR, Fraction Magazine, and Lenscratch, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Seattle Art Museum’s 2019 Betty Bowen Award (finalist) and CENTER Santa Fe’s Editor’s Choice Award.

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.

Tegra Stone Nuess |
Tegra Stone Nuess is an editorial, documentary, and commercial photographer specializing in travel photography. With her keen eye and her commitment to capturing authentic emotions and moments, she creates memorable images and videos that are powerful, dynamic, and real. Tegra’s work documents the wonder and drama of outdoor adventures, with results that are stylish and evocative. Her photograph at the Hidden Lake Trail in the North Cascades National Park was the top-selling Getty image of 2016 under the search term “woman.” She was profiled by Wonderful Machine for her work behind the camera. She is also passionate about capturing the daily details that make life wonderful. From portraiture and lifestyle to food and restaurants, Tegra documents and celebrates who we are and how we live.

Zorn Taylor |
Zorn Taylor is a portrait photographer, photographing humans and documenting community. Taylor makes portraits that build community by celebrating the stories of the human beings that comprise it. As an artist, Taylor’s attention is focused on how community is created and nurtured and grown. Taylor’s work describes a beautiful, expanding community and imagines how it could become even richer. Taylor is a believer in the beloved community and imagines a community that manifests through the actions we take to love, the words we use to describe that love and the narratives we weave about these relationships.

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.