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Architecture & Organizations

A well designed book of quality material is one of the best ways to experience great photography.
A book with powerful images can convey a sense of space and place like no other media can.


The power of a book can help raise awareness and be a lucrative fundraiser for civic institutions, non-profits, and museums. Documentary Media creates unique books for diverse organizations to offer patrons, members, and visitors a reminder of their experience and also present a more in-depth look at the institution, its creation, and its development.


The Boot: 1993 to 2018

Southwest Youth & Family Services

This compilation of literary journal poetry written by youth participating in the Summer Young Writers' Workshops features voices of young people claiming their individuality.

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For Future Generations: A History of the Museum of Flight

Howard Lovering

Howard Lovering recounts the story of a favorite Seattle institution, The Museum of Flight. Beautiful photographs and archival images supplement the narrative.

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Inspired: The Churches of Seattle

Rick Grant

Author Rick Grant teams up with award-winning architectural photographer Lara Swimmer to capture the design, architecture, and history of Seattle's innovative sacred spaces.

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Pompeii The Exhibit: Life and Death in the Shadow of Vesuvius


This commemorative book is designed as a companion to "Pompeii The Exhibit," presented at Discovery Times Square, New York from March through September of 2011.

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A Day in Pompeii


A collaboration between four natural history museums led to A Day in Pompeii, a full color guide to the remarkable exhibition on the city frozen in time by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 62 AD.

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Lucy's Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia -Recipes from Afar and Near


A companion book to the international exhibition "Lucy's Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia" at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. This book connects the world of Lucy to the contemporary Ethiopian community with recipes, stories, and artwork that bridge the gap of time and culture.

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Let’s Go On: Pacific Northwest Ballet at 25

Wayne Johnson

The story of the Pacific Northwest Ballet and its artistic directors, Kent Stowell and Francia Russell. This book chronicles the Pacific Northwest Ballet's rise from a small Seattle-based classical dance company to an internationally-respected troupe.

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The Dead Sea Scrolls


The companion book to "The Dead Sea Scrolls" exhibit. Each version of this exhibit guide details the specific scrolls on display at specific exhibits across the US. Discovered in 1947 by a young Bedouin shepherd, the Dead Sea Scrolls offer a glimpse into the past, 2,000 years ago, when these extraordinary pieces were created.

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The Frye Art Museum: Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects

Introduction by Rick Sundberg, Forward by Billie Tsien

A study of the 1997 architectural renovation of the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, Washington, by Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects, this book includes color and black-and-white photographs, architectural renderings, and essays.

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The Sound of Spokane: A History of Spokane Symphony

Jim Kershner

The Sound of Spokane is a beautiful tribute to the seventy-five-year journey of musicians and a community championing a nationally recognized symphony in an unlikely city.

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Lakeside's First Century: A History of Purpose and Progress

Katherine Beck

In this 100-year history of Lakeside School, Katherine Beck traces its unique heritage and enduring legacy.

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Space Needle: The Spirit of Seattle

Knute Berger

Knute Berger explores the history of the Needle and its meaning and value to Seattle and the Pacific Northwest over time.

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Process: Seattle Central Library

Lara Swimmer

Architectural photographer Lara Swimmer has assembled a visual record of the creation of one of the world’s most daring public edifices, the Rem Koolhaas-designed Seattle Central Library.

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The Fountain & the Mountain: The University of Washington Campus in Seattle

Norman J. Johnston, AIA

Foreword by Brewster C. Denny

A comprehensive architectural exposé of the University of Washington campus. Over 170 color and historical black-and-white images portray the function and beauty of the University of Washington campus in Seattle.

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The University of Washington Experience

Thomas Griffin and Stewart Hopkins

Explore one of the most beautiful campuses in America through the eyes of award-winning photographers who spent more than a year capturing the University of Washington on film.

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The Space Needle: Symbol of Seattle

Robert Spector

With 76 breathtaking photographs, historical images, and conceptual architectural renderings, this gift-quality Space Needle history is accurately told by nationally known business writer Robert Spector. Featuring photography by Lara Swimmer.

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Benaroya Hall, Design for Music: Home of the Seattle Symphony

Ken Gouldthorpe

Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony, ranks among the world's finest concert halls. Its acoustics have thrilled audiences and critics alike. The hall's inner and outer beauty are captured here by architectural photographer Lara Swimmer.

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