Category Archives: Photo Essay

“Here’s to Strong Women: May We Know Them. May We Be Them. May We Raise Them.”

by Susan Fried


In celebration of International Women’s Day photojournalist Susan Fried combed through her archives to curate images of dynamic women past and present whose legacies and lives call for continuous commitment to carrying forward their work in fighting for equity in Seattle and beyond. Continue reading “Here’s to Strong Women: May We Know Them. May We Be Them. May We Raise Them.”

In Celebration of Black History Month: 29 Faces of Black History in Seattle

by Susan Fried


Throughout her quarter century in photojournalism Susan Fried has captured stirring images of Black luminaries as they visited the Emerald City.

In honor of Black History Month, she’s selected 29 pictures from her photo collection to celebrate 29 days of Black history. Continue reading In Celebration of Black History Month: 29 Faces of Black History in Seattle

Black Santa Tradition Continues Thriving in South Seattle, Central District

by Susan Fried (words and photos)

The tradition of mirthful children sitting on Santa Claus’s lap for pictures started at the Frederick and Nelson’s downtown Seattle department store in the 1940s. 75 years later, the practice is now so ubiquitous, you can’t throw a rock during the holidays without hitting someone dressed as Jolly Saint Nick. Continue reading Black Santa Tradition Continues Thriving in South Seattle, Central District

OPINION: Remembering the Battle in Seattle 20 Years Later

by Susan Fried (words and photos)

It’s been twenty years since I photographed some of the events surrounding the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Seattle in November 1999. Lots of people who remember it at all, think of it as the “Battle in Seattle,” or the WTO riots,but my memories are of a mostly-peaceful protest attended by over 40 thousand people that thought like me; that believed in livable wages, safe working conditions, and protecting the environment. It was one of the most empowering events of my life. There were people representing labor, the environment, farmers, NGO’s, student and religious groups–all there to speak out against an organization that they believed had too much control over everyday people’s lives. They believed that–as one of the chants the protestors used–said, “Another World is Possible.” Continue reading OPINION: Remembering the Battle in Seattle 20 Years Later

In Photos: Seattle Farm celebrates 100 years

By Carolyn Bick

Gloria Sferra remembers when her late husband “went completely insane,” because a young woman decided to board her horse in the couple’s farmstead basement, right after Sferra’s husband had finished remodeling the space.

Then, there was the time a fox decided to bring his entire family to live on the farm. The canine family soon became used to the presence of people –– so much so that they eventually became almost tame.

“One night, I stayed in my barn, and I almost had a stroke, because here comes my kitty … and here are the foxes, and I’m thinking, ‘Oh, my God, my cat is going to get eaten in front of me, before my very eyes,’” Sferra recalled. “And the fox just totally ignored him –– he wandered into the barn and cuddled up with me.”

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In Photos: Indigenous People’s Day Celebrates Worldwide Indigenous Cultures and Heritage

By Susan Fried

Led by Indigenous Sisters Resistance, Indigenous People’s Day rally attendees sang, “today is for us, Indigenous people, rise up, sing loud, celebrate and be proud,” their words ringing through Westlake Park on Oct. 14.  

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Welcome the Water Connects Past and Present of the Duwamish River

by Carolyn Bick

Standing on the Tukwila Community Center’s back patio, Ken Workman squinted a little as he looked towards the Duwamish River. More than two centuries ago, his ancestors looked over the same river, its shape much the same now as it was then.

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FAST Connects Fathers and Children at Biannual Barbershop Chat

by Susan Fried

A little boy told his dad he only wanted a little off the top as he and his father and older brother walked into the Rainier Beach Community Center for Fathers and Sons Togethers Barbershop Chat, Chew and Play. The event is held twice a year — in February during Black History Month and at the end of August, just before school starts. Participants can get free haircuts, lunch and valuable information about health and wellness. Ten volunteer barbers from more than half a dozen shops cut the hair of numerous boys, their dads and family members. While they waited for haircuts, the families heard speeches from a variety of experts in healthcare, financial security, and access to sports like golf.

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PHOTOS: The Celebratory and Somber Performances of Hai! Japantown

by Carolyn Bick

Under the warm, yellow lights of Kobo in the Chinatown-International District’s Japantown, Mako Willet readied her sanshin, an Okinawan instrument similar to a lute, to play another song, supposed to warn fishermen about stepping on sharp conch shells.

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