Shadow Catchers was founded by Susan Parish in 1992 as a Stock Photo Agency to produce and distribute photographs created from the negatives & historical prints in her private photography collection ~ and, as an homage to her homeland and her fellow photographer and Washingtonian ~ Edward S. Curtis ~ The Original & most famous of the Shadow Catchers of the Pacific Northwest
THE NAME & Legacy of SHADOW CATCHERS
by Susan Parish, Owner & Curator
It is said that Native Americans called photographer Edward S. Curtis ‘The Shadow Catcher’ believing his box camera and photographs caught and held their 'shadow' or ‘spirit’. I couldn’t agree more.
Doesn’t a photograph of a person, place, or thing when viewed ~ have the power to communicate long past the existence of what is photographed? Isn’t the object of the photo caught in time and sustained? Haven’t we all had the experience of viewing a photograph and experiencing its power to trigger instant recall within our memory? And, even if no memory is there in the viewer ~ a photograph still communicates. Arouses feelings, broadens awareness, our understanding, and imparts knowledge.
Photography is visual communication. A non-verbal language conveying information on more levels than we may not yet fully understand.
I founded 'Shadow Catchers' ~ as a stock photo and art distribution company as an homage to Mr. Curtis and our mutual homeland here in America’s Northwest Corner.
*at Shadow Catchers, we offer some of Curtis's photographs in tribute to him and the native people of America he photographed. We also offer the work of a contemporary and sometimes sub-contractor of his, Joseph "Joe" Jeffers, of Olympia, Washington, who made photos of the Olympic Mountains of Washington State for sale in Curtis's Seattle Studio
PRESERVING & CELEBRATING the PHOTOGRAPHERS AND PHOTOGRAPHS of the SALISH SEA & THE pacific northwest