The Photo Center NW


Support emerging photographers, artistic professional development, access to the arts, and sustainability.

Professional Partners

The local chapter of American Society of Media Photographers and The Photo Center collaborate annually to provide public programming and workshops for local photographers and students.  We cross-promote events and opportunities, and both organizations offer affiliated pricing for Photo Center and ASMP members.

Glazer’s Camera
This local photographic hot spot collaborates with the Photo Center in many ways, including mutual sponsorships, cross-marketing, and a shared audience.  Glazer’s Camera offers our students discounts, hosts workshops at the Photo Center, and we promote each others events, lectures, and contests.

Artist Trust
The Photo Center and Artist Trust do great things together.  Artist Trust annually hosts lectures, workshops, and series classes at the Photo Center that provide professional development and business support for the local photography community.  In addition to this annual programming, the Photo Center launched our first Artist in Resident fellowship in 2012 through a partnership with Artist Trust.

Seattle University
We offer studio classes in photography for all Photography BFA and Photography BA students at Seattle University.

King County Metro/City Panorama
The Photo Center NW has teamed up with King County Metro in a project to bring community artwork to bus shelters while contributing to adult education. Metro has more than 1,500 bus shelters that are being refurbished with over 100 photographs representing 50 photographers from our community.  This project funded in part by a grant from 4Culture and the photographs are expected to be on view for at least 8 years.

Community Garden
The Photo Center is proud to share a portion of its land with a group of local urban gardeners who have turned it into a vibrant community garden. The 13th & Marion Community Garden expanded to other areas of the Photo Center plot and continues to unite and connect the neighborhood.

Youth Partners

American Indian Heritage High School
The Photo Center provides darkroom facilities use for American Indian Heritage High School at-risk youth participating in their alternative learning programs, which facilitate learning through photography and visual practice. American Indian Heritage High School is a public school designed to teach native youth about their culture and history.

Youth in Focus
The Photo Center has a long-standing and fruitful partnership with Youth In Focus (YIF), a local non-profit organization that empowers urban teens ages 13-19 through photography, to experience their world in new ways and make positive changes in their lives. The Photo Center offers scholarships for YIF alumni to support their continued work in the photographic arts once they age out of the YIF programs. The scholarship provides a new home for YIF alumni ages 18-25.

Seattle World School
The Photo Center is in its seventh year of Club Photo, a partnership with the Seattle World School, a school for newcomer youth from around the world. Club Photo combines the teaching of photography as an art with a focus on literacy and language acquisition. The program serves immigrant and refugee youth who learn English as part of a general curriculum while acclimating to the American school system and daily life in a new culture.

Orion Center/TELO
In the Spring of 2011 the Photo Center partnered with TELO Skateboards and the Orion Center to engage homeless teen through photography and skateboarding. The Orion Center is a multi-service facility open to youth ages 13-22. Led by an instructor this program empowers teens to use the camera as a tool for story-telling and skill building. Teens visit the Photo Center for gallery tours and darkroom time, field trips and shooting time are central to this program.

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