K. L. Slusher (1947-2014)

This photographic work is curated by the University of Washington Special Collections.

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Photo of Ken Slusher by P. L. Jackson    
While I see my work as interpretive Documentary in nature, Photographs are never a true and unbiased version of reality. Always, the Photographer colors the image with his own bias, skill and knowledge. In my work, I attempt to portray the nobility and grandeur inherent in my subject matter. The Black and White Photograph with its pallet of moody grays is the perfect medium for me.

Photo of Ken Slusher by Ned Ahrens    
I began Interpretive Photography while a journalism major in 1972. I subsequently studied under Bob Embrey at WWSU. I have taught black and white and Color Photography at area schools, and worked for several years as technician and supervisor in area Photography Labs. I ran my own Photography Gallery in Seattle for 6 years.

My work is divided into three portfolios, all in Black and White: Documentary Photography of major construction in Seattle during the 1980s, and currently in Tacoma, a major shoreline redevelopment on the Thea Foss Waterway; Landscape Photography; and Environmental Portraits of Northwest artists.

Photo of Ken Slusher by Garland Norin    
In 1998, I began working in Digital Video. Computer illiterate at the time, I not only had to learn how to use a computer, but also how to troubleshoot and rebuild one. Hence, it was nearly 2 years before I finished my first project.

Having solved the technological hurdles, I am now quite comfortable with my Sony digital video camera, and editing video on the computer. When people comment on the camera, I sometimes brag that my other camera is made of wood.

Ken at Open Mondays dot com