OCT 12 | ONLINE ARTIST TALK: PCNW 2022 Auction Artists Nate Gowdy and Erika Schultz
In celebration of Golden Hour, PCNW’s upcoming 2022 Benefit & Auction, join Seattle-based documentary photographers and Golden Hour contributors, Nate Gowdy and Erika Schultz, in virtual conversation about visual culture in photojournalism and their work in documentary storytelling. Both prolific and well-published documentary photographers, Gowdy and Schultz turn their lenses toward community, contemporary discord, and witnessing history. Be part of the online conversation on October 12th at 6 pm. Moderated by Melinda Hurst Frye.
Nate Gowdy (born 1984; Elkhart, Ind.) is a Seattle photographer of 11 years who documents this American political era.
In 2011, Gowdy was hired at Seattle Gay News. As staff photographer, he became immersed in Seattle’s queer and trans communities, primarily documenting drag and club culture. He was also brought on as the official photographer for the Seattle Pride Parade, a role he continues in today. In 2012, he dedicated himself to covering the fight for marriage equality in Washington state.
Gowdy worked intimately with President Obama in 2013 and Vice President Biden in 2014 during their respective visits to Seattle. Since 2015, he has self-funded coverage of hundreds of political events and protests across 25 states and Washington, DC. In 2016, his portrait of Bernie Sanders made the cover of TIME magazine, and today his regular clients include Rolling Stone and Mother Jones. He just published his first monograph, INSURRECTION, a visual account of the attack on the US Capitol on January 6th, 2021.
In 2019, Gowdy spearheaded a collaborative studio portrait and storytelling series, titled The American Superhero Project, which the Smithsonian has reached out to acquire. In 2020, he was commissioned by Seattle Public Schools to author and produce Our Students, Their Stories, a 100-page coffee table book celebrating the district’s LGBTQ+ students, families, and staff.
Gowdy is an Indiana University journalism graduate, has been featured in the American Photography and Communication Arts photo annuals numerous times, and is represented at Monroe Gallery of Photography in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
As a visual journalist with more than 15 years of experience, Erika Schultz believes building trust and relationships is essential to amplifying community stories through documentary images, videos and immersive online journalism projects.
Supported by the International Women’s Media Foundation and Pulitzer Foundation, she collaborated on a series of immersive stories exploring asylum, deportation and women’s human rights in Mexico for The Seattle Times. The visual storytelling project Disappearing Daughters, which interweaves poetry, reporting, photography and documentary film, earned a national News & Documentary Emmy in 2021 and an Online Journalism Award for feature reporting in 2020.
Erika’s photo and video projects has been recognized for Best of Photojournalism 2021 and Pictures of the Year International. Her work has also been recognized by the Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism, National Edward R. Murrow Awards, The Alexia Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists and the ASNE Community Service Photojournalism awards. She also was part of The Seattle Times’ 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning team for Breaking News Reporting.
Erika has taught visual storytelling at University of Washington’s School of Communication, The Photographic Center Northwest and Mountain Workshops. Erika completed Hostile Environment and First Aid Training (HEFAT) with the IWMF in Mexico. In her free time, she enjoys gravel biking, snowboarding and learning Spanish.