The SPC encompasses the full spectrum of the photographic medium, as well as materials and documents related to the history and process of this art and communication form as an important adjunct to its holdings.
These items not only document the natural and cultural landscape it also traces the entire history of photography including its aesthetic movements and technological advancements. Processes from Daguerreotypes, Salt Prints, Woodbury Types, Albumen Prints, Ambrotypes, Tintypes, Film and contemporary processes such as Digital Photography are represented. Contemporary color and black-and-white photographs, negative and transparencies—along with a selection of videotapes and films are held in this collection.
The SPC holdings reflect the central role photography plays in our image-based culture, both as an expressive medium and as a documentary record.
And, while the entire collection illustrates the complex and varied history of the medium, its major areas of strength are in the modern and contemporary periods and in social and physical documentary photography.
Joseph Jeffers (1881-1924); Opal Jeffers (1885-1972); Vibert Jeffers (1905 - 1975)
I feel strongly that a community's history should be preserved and displayed in the places we visit each day to be enjoyed and comforted by and to learn from. I am very proud to be a third generation of the Southern Puget Sound and believe we need to do more to preserve and celebrate this unique cultural history.