Emerging Seattle Photographers You Should Know

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The Stranger | © Jason Jacobs/Flickr
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27 August 2017

Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the progressive culture of the city, Seattle is an ideal location to inspire creativity. Though Seattle is famously known for churning out business giants, the arts are well respected and highly encouraged. To that end, here are the up-and-coming Seattle photographers with futures much brighter than the city’s typically cloudy sky might suggest.

Ian C. Bates

Born in New Jersey, Bates studied photojournalism in Ohio. Now in the Emerald City, he searches – driven by his curiosity of human nature – to extend beyond the restrictions of the photojournalism genre. Still, that background comes through in his photographs of landscapes and portraits that seem to burst with stories to tell. Intentionally producing ambiguous or mysterious work, Bates hopes that the audience reacts to the pieces, interacting with them emotionally and imaginatively.

Kai Caemmerer

Starting as an architectural photographer, Caemmerer ventures to capture the growth and change in urban development. Though he currently resides in San Francisco, he is originally from Seattle where he earned his undergraduate degree. His travels have brought him to the metropolitan playgrounds of Chicago and China. Making use of dramatic lighting and favoring close-ups, his work is stark, striking, and scintillating.


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Amanda Ringstad

With a BFA in photography, Ringstad focuses on geometry and color to make everyday objects pop. The shots are so creative and stimulating that it may take a moment for the audience to realize it features an object they use daily. Experimental, abstracted, and unexpected, her pieces employ a simplicity almost reminiscent of childlike innocence.

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Chrissie White

Exploring different interpretations of reality, White‘s vibrant pictures are poignant and sometimes quite ghostly. Valuing the connection between nature and humans, she travels frequently, incorporating landscape into her bold shots. Based in Seattle, most of her photographs are available online, though she prefers her pieces in print, which encourages the audience to engage more deeply with each picture.


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