Mary Randlett b. 1924
Mary Randlett is the leading photographer in the Pacific Northwest. Born and raised in Seattle, she began working in photography in 1937. Her interest continued through her college years at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wa., where she received a degree in Political science in 1947. Shortly afterward, she apprenticed with noted photographer Hans Jorgensen, the assistant to Louise Dahl-Wolfe and attended a workshop with Minor White. In 1949 she began photographing Northwest artists such as Morris Graves, Mark Tobey and other notables including writer Henry Miller. For the next few decades she made photographic portraits of numerous visual artists, writers and architects. Some of her sitters included painter Jacob Lawrence, poet Theodore Roethke, writer Tom Robbins and most of the major visual artists of the Pacific Northwest. Between 1964 and 1994, her photographs appeared in 179 books and catalogs and in 1983, she received the Washington State Governor's Art Award for outstanding contribution to the field of photography. Outside of her famous portraits, Randlett has produced a body of artistic works that concentrate on the unique natural landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Shooting single exposures and without darkroom manipulations, her nature photography is enigmatic and mysterious. In 2001 she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Seattle¹s Artist Trust.
Her photographs are held in more than forty permanent collections nationally including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington and numerous others.
Over thirty Solo exhibitions including:
2007: Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA.
2000: Port Angeles Fine Art Center, Port Angeles, WA.
1999: Gray¹s Harbor Junior College, Aberdeen, WA.
1998: Museum of Northwest Art, LaConner, WA.
1997: Tacoma Public Library, Tacoma, WA.
1996: Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
1991: Governor¹s Gallery, Office of the Governor, Olympia, WA.
2007: Mary Randlett Landscapes, University of Washington Press.
2002: Iridescent Light: The Emergence of Northwest Art (Seattle: University of Washington Press
2000: Lifting the Veil: The Northwest Landscapes of Mary Randlett, University of Washington Press
1997: The Bloedel reserve and Gas Works Park, Princeton architectural Press
1994: Seeing Seattle, University of WA. Press
Numerous others including 39 book covers, 63 author photos, 9 books with primary illustrations by Randlett, and 121 books with illustrations by Randlett.