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Photographer Bios

Jim Carmin
Nancy Butler
Nancy Butler has been photographing in the Portland area since moving here in 1978. She studied photography with Craig Hickman and Kirk Thompson at The Evergreen State College as well as Chris Rauschenberg at the Blue Sky Gallery. She joined Blue Sky in 1982 and has been part of the Portland Grid project since December 2007. Working in color with small and medium format cameras she has long been interested in urban landscapes.
Patricia Bognar
Scott Binkley
Blake Andrews
Blake Andrews moved to Portland in 1992, began photography in 1993, and joined the Grid Project in 2004. He shoots primarily 35 mm format, black and white. In 2006 he moved to Eugene to pursue a practice in amateur cardiology.
Lisa Gidley
Lisa Gidley makes color photographs. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, writer Douglas Wolk; their toddler son, Sterling; and a cat named Edie. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Lisa also lived in Washington, D.C., and New York City before heading to Oregon; she’d describe herself as a Midwestern New Yorker transplanted to the West Coast. It was in New York that she fell in love with photography, and she studied at the International Center of Photography there. For the techies: Most of Lisa's shots for the Grid Project are taken with a medium-format film camera, the Bronica GS-1. Lisa appreciates digital technologies but isn’t ready to let film give up the ghost just yet.
Christopher Rauschenberg
Christopher Rauschenberg has photographed in 24 countries, he has had 74 solo shows in 6 countries and has had work featured in group shows in 4 more countries. He thought it was darn well time to do a big project at home for once. Besides founding the Portland Grid Project, he has co-founded Portland's Blue Sky Gallery, Nine Gallery and Photolucida festival. Available monographs of his work include two books and a deck of cards. Plays well with others.
Lucy Walker
George Kelly
I began my photo career as a photojournalist having attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism from 1989 -1991. I am primarily interested in the way things appear naturally: I only set things up if asked to for a portrait. I prefer to find things. Discovering something is more fun for me than making something up. I still photograph using film for a number of reasons too boring to get into. Let's just say I like the cameras better and prefer darkroom work to hours in front of a computer. I have been living in Portland since 1991 and take the vast majority of my photos here. I belong to two photo groups locally: the Lightleak group and the Portland Grid Project.
William Washburn
Over the course of my four decades in photography I have endeavored to document the people and places I have had the opportunity to experience. My focus has been more on the familiar than on the exotic, more the specific than the general. Therefore, when the opportunity presented itself to participate in The Portland Grid Project arose, I jumped at it. How wonderful it has been to spend the better part of twenty years slowly examining and documenting the city of Portland, Oregon, a city I call home. The ability to share this exploration of our ever changing city with a group of dedicated photographers has been a real blessing.


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