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 the June 6th, 2016 issue of TIME Magazine. Until the 2020 presidential primary season begins, he is focused on documenting demonstrations, protests, rallies, and conventions. A book tentatively titled "Great Again: The Rabid Americans" is in the works, and the project so far has taken him to 17 states and D.C. He plans to embed in New Hampshire in the summer of 2019 for the start of the 2020 presidential primary campaign season.
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 six 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 grade school students, and mentoring seven interns.
Nate lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood with his girlfriend Erika, their cats Toonces, Jinx and Omen, and his studio is in a grand old Depression-era federal building in Chinatown. He likes riding his bike, good beer with friends, and people watching.
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