Distributors of The Susan Parish Collection of Photography
Historic, Modern & Contemporary Photographs & Photodigital Art & Products. Stock Image Licensing. Distributors of The Susan Parish Collection of Photography. Professionals in photography since 1975. Specializing in Black & White Photography.
Retail, Wholesale and Licensing. Extensive client list as producers of photo-based decor art and historic visual narrative displays for hundreds of public, corporate and private locations including the Washington State Capitol Campus. Numerous restaurant chains, inc. Tony Roma's and The Keg, banks, hotels, conference centers, title companies, and thousands of homes. *Samples in our Commissions Gallery.
Black & White Photographs are available in Custom Colors. *Samples of different tones are shown for some photographs.
LICENSING - STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY
Most images in The Susan Parish Collection are available for licensing. Fees vary according to project. However, Pricing in line with regional publically held collections at the University of Washington and the Washington State Historical Society. Digitized files are made in-house only. Inquire directly by email.
COMMERCIAL COMMISSIONS, EXHIBIT DESIGN & PRODUCTION
Susan Parish has been designing and creating photographic displays, exhibits and installations since 1980. Commissions are designed and produced specifically to compliment your history, location, and decor in mind. Appointments on location; research on appropriate history and locating photographs, presentation of plan, which can include computer generated exhibit design, layout, framing, and security installation.
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THE SUSAN PARISH COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHY
The SPC is a privately owned photographic archives containing negatives, photographs and photographic related materials 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.
THE SHADOW CATCHERS
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....
THE JEFFERS COLLECTION - JEFFERS STUDIO, OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON USA
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. and Jeffers Glacier on Mt. Olympus is named in his honor. His wife, Opal, working with help keep the studio going shooting portraits herself 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.
MERLE JUNK (dba SILVERTONE PHOTO CO.) (1899 - 1981)
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.
SUSAN PARISH STATEMENT (Owner & Curator)
"I have been a collector of images my whole life but the life altering decision to incorporate historic images or those by other photographers 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 calling, a purpose in my work began and preserving by collecting became a driving force as I was witnessing the entire change of my home environment in the Pacific Northwest.
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.
PRESERVING THE PAST
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 among many other projects. Prints from this Archive are widely collected and greatly treasured as heirlooms.