Photographer Holly Andres’ The Homecoming at Photo Center NW

By Brangien Davis

October 7, 2013

Unsolved mysteries at Photo Center NW

This article originally appeared in the October 2013 issue of Seattle Magazine.

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Portland photographer Holly Andres creates scenes that are eerily familiar yet just out of reach. With elaborate sets, vintage props, costumes and staging reminiscent of Nancy Drew book covers, her cinematic tableaux resemble stills from a long-forgotten movie that still haunts your subconscious. Her new show, The Homecoming, reveals Andres’ early training as a painter, as well as her penchant for portraying young girls in pursuit of forbidden knowledge—and the resultant loss of innocence. It’s an apt way to celebrate PCNW’s 20th anniversary, touching as it does on both a retro photographic sensibility and the contemporary tendency toward instant nostalgia, thanks to smartphone filters that make moments from the immediate past feel long lost. 10/24–12/15. Times vary. Free. Photo Center NW, 900 12th Ave.; 206.720.7222;


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