(photos and text by Quinn Russell Brown) Above: The National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.
UPAA member Quinn Russell Brown is a photographer and editor at the University of Washington magazine at the University of Washington in Seattle. A portrait he made for the University of Washington magazine was selected from over 2600 entries to be one of 46 images displayed in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. It is part of a show called “American Portraiture Today,” which is on display at the gallery through August 2020.
I am the staff photographer at the University of Washington Magazine, where I create the art for many of their covers and feature stories. I have been mentored by the magazine’s art director, Ken Shafer, a longtime Seattle designer who created the well-known logos for Tiger Woods, the NFL Hall of Fame, NBA All-Star Games, the Seattle Sounders, and many more.
My photo in the National Portrait Gallery is a 3-by-4-foot photograph of civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson, a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement. I made the portrait in February 2018 at the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center on the University of Washington campus.