Nate Gowdy is a Seattle photographer known for his candids and for the diversity of his subjects, from drag queens to U.S. presidents. He enjoys engaging people and mixing things up, and commissions include events, weddings, headshots and portraits, real estate, and commercial marketing campaigns. He followed the spectacle of the 2016 presidential campaign, and his political photojournalism has been featured internationally, including the Bernie Sanders cover of TIME Magazine (June 6th, 2016). A book titled Vote American! is in the works, and the ongoing project documenting presidential politics so far has taken him to 18 states and D.C. He is also heavily invested in a new collaborative portrait and storytelling project called The American Superhero, which debuted July 4th, 2019.
Since getting a camera in 2011, career highlights include being the only photographer in the room with President Obama and Vice President Biden during their respective visits to Seattle, selected for the American Photography annual eight times, recognized in Communication Arts' 2016 and 2017 Photo Annuals and Photo District News’ 2013 Photo Annual, named as one of City Arts Magazine's 10 artists of the year in Seattle in 2016, being the official Seattle Pride Parade photographer since 2011, hired for four billboard campaigns, photographing famed chef Wolfgang Puck's son's wedding, attending 2013's Eddie Adams Workshop, teaching weekly photography courses to homeschooled students, and mentoring five college interns and three high school interns.
Nate lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood with his girlfriend Erika, his cousin Sawyer, their cats Toonces, Jinx, and Omen. His photo studio is in a grand old Depression-era federal building in Chinatown. He likes riding his bike, good beer with friends, people watching, and watching Steven Universe.
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