Peggy’s work explores cyclical ideas pertaining to balance, order and disorder, often referencing classical literature and mathematical definitions.  Her work has been acquired by many permanent collections including the Bibliothéque nationale de France (National French archives), The Ralph Lauren collection, The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Museo Nazionale della Fotografia and Seattle University.  Along with numerous gallery shows, nationally and internationally, her work has been exhibited at The Frye Art Museum, The Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Seattle Art Museum Gallery and Museo Nazionale della Fotografia.  

Peggy was teaching and working as a fine art photographer, painter and mixed media artist when Marita Holdaway of Seattle's Benham Gallery noticed her work in 1993, offered to represent her and invited her to join the gallery's Resident Artist program. When her second child was born in 1995 she expanded her work to include portraits, and for nearly two decades to follow has balanced between worlds.  She continues to work on both the East and West coasts and is available for commissions and portrait sittings by appointment.


"I’ve been photographing people for more than 20 years.  I never set out to be a portrait photographer and still don’t think of myself that way. I try to approach portraiture as an artist, only there’s an added variable in that I’m not just expressing myself, but relaying a part of my subjects .  This collaboration began early on with my own children (because they were accessible) and provided a much needed respite from the chaos of motherhood. It also allowed me the opportunity to see from a different perspective.  Children tend to reveal their complexities in front of a camera, at the same time giving me pause to examine my own. Forever in my consciousness are the words of an acclaimed critic:  “photograph what you cannot escape”."

-Peggy Washburn

Selected Collections

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Awards


Selected Features and Publications

  • Od Review 2018 - A Familial Disorder, The Art of Peggy Washburn

  • Lens Culture 2018 - Entropy

  • Resurrection – 23 Sandy Gallery National Juried Exibition, 2008

  • Women In Photography International - Turning Silver (custom hard bound book, sponsored by Kodak), 2007

  • Black and White Magazine, 2003

  • Fotophile, 2005

  • Photovision (Spain), 2004

  • Archives of Pediatric Medicine, 2004

  • Shots Magazine 2004

  • Camera Arts, 2004

  • Parade Magazine 2004

Volunteer work and Community Involvement

  • 2017 to present PPAC Photo in Schools (Non-Profit program teaching photography to at-risk youth within Philadelphia Schools)

  • 2011-2013 Casa Latina (Non-Profit organization to help Latin American Immigrants transition in Seattle)

  • 2003-2004 The Heart Gallery Project (Traveling state-funded exhibit involving children awaiting adoption in WA State)

  • 1992 Insight Youth, Co-Director (Non-profit program teaching photography to at-risk youth in Seattle)

  • 1991 Youth In Focus (Non-Profit program teaching photography to at-risk youth in Seattle)




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Peggy Washburn Fine Art is always willing to support community, educational and non profit organizations.  If you are interested in soliciting a donation please feel free to contact us via email.

I’m always happy to donate and feel it’s incumbent upon any successful business to do so.  Helping others and giving give back to the community gives me the opportunity to meet new people and develop additional long-lasting relationships.  In the end it benefits all.”