Shadow Catchers







Shadow Catchers

Shadow Catchers

Distributors of The Susan Parish Collection of Photography


Professionals in Photography since 1975 specializing in Black & White Photography. Retail, Wholesale, to the Trade and Stock Image Licensing.

Presenting the Art and Legacy of 65+ Photographers of the Historic, Modern and Contemporary Eras. Producers of Artwork for Washington State Capitol Campus, Tony Roma's and Keg Restaurants, commercial and hospitality, medical facilities, hotels, private homes and offices. (See Samples in our Commissions Gallery).

All photographs are available as Black and White and various tones of Sepia and Custom Colors. Samples of different tones are shown for some photographs.

Wholesale and Trade Clients receive discounts from retail pricing. Email us directly for Information. Check back often or join our Email List as we upload new images regularly.

Historic, Modern & Contemporary Photographic Products and Image Licensing. Professionals in photography since 1975 specializing in Black & White Photography.

Retail, Wholesale and Licensing. Producers of photo-based artwork for hundreds of public and private locations including: Washington State Capitol Campus, Tony Roma's and Keg Restaurants and hundreds of banks, restaurants, hotels, and private businesses and homes. *Samples in the Commissions Gallery.

All photographs are available as Black and White and various tones of Sepia and Custom Colors. *Samples of different tones are shown for some photographs.


Most images in the SPC are available for licensing. Fees vary according to project however, Parish sets pricing in line with regional publically held collections at the University of Washington and the Washington State Historical Society holdings. Digitized files are made in-house. Inquire directly.


Susan Parish has been designing and creating photographic displays, exhibits and installations since 1980. Commissions are designed and produced specifically to compliment your location and decor with you and your customers/visitors in mind. Commissions include appointments at your location; research, presentation of artwork, and can include computer generated exhibit design, layout, framing, and security installation.

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The SPC is a privately owned photographic archives containing original and copy negatives and paper photographs and photographic related materials including cameras and equipment dating back to the 1860's. Ms. Parish, a native of Olympia, Washington, began making and collecting photographs as a child in the 1950's.

The SPC encompasses the full spectrum of the photographic medium, as well as materials and documents related to the history and process of this art and communication form as an important adjunct to its holdings.

These items not only document the natural and cultural landscape it also traces the entire history of photography including its aesthetic movements and technological advancements. Processes from Daguerreotypes, Salt Prints, Woodbury Types, Albumen Prints, Ambrotypes, Tintypes, Film and contemporary processes such as Digital Photography are represented. Contemporary color and black-and-white photographs, negative and transparencies—along with a selection of videotapes and films are held in this collection.

The SPC holdings reflect the central role photography plays in our image-based culture, both as an expressive medium and as a documentary record.

Although the backdrop of most images in the SPC are Washington State, there are photographs and their negatives from 23 other states in the union and over 35 countries. Including fine photographs of Alaska, including the Gold Rush and early steam boating; Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, California and even international locations such as; Africa, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Tahiti, France, Egypt and Spain.

And, while the entire collection illustrates the complex and varied history of the medium, its major areas of strength are in the modern and contemporary periods and in social and physical documentary photography.

Subject matter is extensive ~ with the common themes associated with the historic Pacific Northwest. It's natural and cultural landscape well represented; i.e. logging and old growth forests, railroading, landscapes of shorelines and mountains, steam ships and tug boats, dusty main streets of emerging cities, portraits of Native Americans and other multi-cultural pioneers, recreational activities such as skiing, hiking, fishing, hunting, as well as many historical events of national note.


Representing 65+ Photographers of the Historic, Modern and Contemporary Eras from The Susan Parish Collection of Photography which also owns The Jeffers Studio Collection. Many of the photographers whose work is in The Susan Parish Collection were very successful and well-respected professionals in their time; and some were amateurs. A partial listing of photographers’ follow....


Joseph Jeffers (1881-1924); Opal Jeffers (1885-1972); Vibert Jeffers (1905 - 1975). This family business operated as a commercial, portrait and fine art, photographic studio in continuous operation in Olympia, WA from 1903 to 1973. Joe captured the excitement and early development of a new frontier. An avid adventurer, he died while on a photographic expedition in the Olympic Mts. Jeffers Glacier is named in his honor. His wife, Opal, took up the cameras and carried on the business until their son, Vibert, who was with his father on this last trek, returned from school. When "Vibe" retired in 1973 the Jeffers family had left behind a legacy of approximately 500,000 negatives, including original prints. Much of Vibe's style came from his studies in Hollywood, CA in thirties. Subject matter is extensive. The hundreds of images of Washington’s State Capitol, its' events and people, including the construction of the beautiful Capitol Campus are an important part of their legacy.

MARY ROLAND MIRES (1865 - 1930)
Mary and family were pioneers in the Ellensburg area of Central Washington in the 1860’s. Mary was a serious, very talented artist. Her roles as housewife and mother are reflected in her photographs that include haunting portraits of family, friends, and local Native Americans. Her images are timeless, romantic, whimsical and sometimes experimental.

Mr. Junk photographed the South Puget Sound area for over 35 years from the late 1920’s into the 1960's. His work is in the photo documentary style.

"I have been a collector of images my whole life but the life altering decision to incorporate the images into my own photography business came with the purchase of the Jeffers Studio Archives in 1982. Recognizing the unusual talent of these forgotten Pacific Northwest artists and then discovering not only the importance but the urgency of photographic preservation, my new life work began and collecting became a passion.

Early Native Americans called photographers, "Shadow Catchers", believing the black boxes they held caught their shadow, or spirit, for all time. Maybe so. Photographers capture moments that certainly help us see through windows of time and space and sometimes even into the spirits of those who preceded us. Like time travel, these windows give us insight into other worlds that are different, yet in so many ways, the same. It can be life changing. I feel strongly that a community's history should be preserved and displayed in the places we visit each day to be enjoyed and comforted by and to learn from. I am very proud to be a third generation of the Southern Puget Sound and believe we need to do more to preserve and celebrate this unique cultural history.

The sale of these photographic products allows me to continue to preserve this valuable collection and I thank you for your purchases."

- - - Ms. Parish has worked as a professional photographer, photojournalist; newspaper editor; Director of Visitor Services & Curator of Art at Washington’s Capitol. Her prints from this Archive are widely collected and greatly treasured.