About Marcus Donner photography in Seattle.
A Seattle native, Marcus Donner was born in California, but moved with his family to Bellevue, Washington when he was less than two years old.
A lover of art, Marcus was encouraged to develop his photography skills by his eighth grade yearbook teacher. In high school, Marcus bought his first camera from a local pawn shop and the rest, as they say, is history.
After graduating from Bellevue High, Marcus attended Bellevue Community College. While studying photography and liberal studies for two years, he asked every photojournalist he met where he should go to school. They all said, "Mizzou," aka. the University of Missouri, home to the nation's oldest journalism program. He applied and was accepted. In the fall of 1985, Marcus packed his wool sweater, along with anything else he could fit in his car, and headed east to Missouri.
It was at the University of Missouri, and their rigorous School of Journalism program, that Marcus truly learned to be a professional journalist and photojournalist. He graduated top of his class in Photojournalism in 1989.
While he could have joined members of the "Mizzou Mafia" in more prestigious cities such as Chicago or New York, Marcus opted instead to return to the city and state he loved: Seattle, Washington. He talked his way into an internship at the Valley Daily News which led to a position as a photojournalist and then later as the Director of Photography of the King County Journal. Marcus enjoyed 19 years with the daily newspaper.
When the paper closed in 2007, Marcus went freelance and opened Marcus Flores Donner Photography. In 2011, Marcus joined the The Puget Sound Business Journal as a Staff Photographer while continuing to do freelance work. He’s enjoyed many of his freelance assignments but one of his all-time favorite gigs was when he got the chance to be a Venue Photo Manager at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
After taking pictures for nearly 34 years, Marcus still loves what he does every day. He loves people and he loves telling their stories through pictures. When he’s not taking pictures, shooting videos, or teaching others about photography, Marcus enjoys the arts, movies, and other creative pursuits with his wife Peg Cheng.
A lifelong learner and true adventurer, Marcus never knows where he will be or what he’ll be shooting next...and that’s just the way he likes it.
Here are links to some other projects of mine or cool people I work with.
If you’re thinking about Law School then I would check out the Personal Statement School run by Peg Cheng.
Check out the amazing paintings of artist Jeff Mihalyo.
Writer/Director Brian McDonald and his great blog Invisible Ink.
Writer/Director Kris Kristensen of Scotopia Pictures.
The Digital Rockstars at Blue Pixel.
If you’re hungry and looking for some good cheap ethnic food then check out Noodle Taco. Peg and I run this site in what little spare time we have.
I edited the most recent edition of the Society of Professional Journalists Access Guide to Open Goverment.
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