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Robin Layton

During her 25 years as a photojournalist, renowned photographer Robin Layton has produced countless notable photographs and earned a place among the world’s top photographers. By age 24, she was honored by LIFE magazine as one of the eight most talented photographers in America. In 1991, her image of a young departing soldier embracing his daughter on the USS John F. Kennedy was used globally for ads including  AT&T and the USO and was on the cover of LIFE magazine’s The Year in Pictures issue.  Her photo story on runaway teens in downtown Seattle was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Sports enthusiasts will remember her iconic photograph of Ken Griffey Jr. from the 1995  American League playoffs (“The Smile at the Bottom of the Pile”). 

Seattle magazine voted her one of the most influential people of 2020. She has been a  Nikon Ambassador since 2013. 

After an award-winning career at five newspapers, including staff positions with the  Virginian-Pilot and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Robin embarked on a freelance career that has taken her on assignments around the world. Along the way, she has photographed everyone from prom queens to actual kings, street people to presidents,  personalities from Jennifer Aniston to Oprah Winfrey. 

Since 2007, she has been commissioned to create artwork for architectural installations,  commercial buildings and private residences. She has taken her photographic images in imaginative new directions, including multimedia projects, video art, wall coverings and even designer-quality, hand-woven rugs created in Nepal from her images. She also has expanded the boundaries of traditional photography, combining her images and video with vintage found objects to create critically acclaimed and highly sought art pieces. 

What pictures do best is capture a moment in time. Robin’s work illuminates the life within that moment. She compels you to take a second look, a new view of the world around us.