Duane Hamamura captured some of Seattle and the Northwest's most important moments, and this tribute to him hangs at Emerald Downs, where he loved to photograph Thoroughbred racing. Duane was born in #Auburn
and his interest in photograph was sparked at @GreenRiverC.
He worked at the Auburn Globe News and Valley newspapers, photographed horseracing for 35 years, and worked at the #SeattlePI
until the print edition’s closure in March 2009. His best-known news photograph was taken July 15, #1982
, when the body of 16-year-old Wendy Lee Coffield was found by investigators. It seemed like a routine tragic crime story at the time, but the photo would later be transmitted worldwide: Duane captured the first of 49 known #GreenRiverKiller
victims being recovered by investigators. Duane was a man of few words, but he was thoughtful. Each December he would make desk calendars for the upcoming year with a favorite horseracing photo at the top. Even after the P-I closed, he'd send them in the mail with a kind note included. After Duane died of a heart attack on January 29, #2011
, a special race was named in his honor at Emerald Downs, where a celebration of life also was held. This painting of Duane was done by Judy Ryan based on a Kristie Batie photograph. “He had a wonderful sense of what makes a great photo” and an ability to see what most couldn’t,” Dean Radford, editor of the Renton Reporter, told the @SeattleTimes.
“No matter what the assignment, he would always come back with really great photos. He captured the visual history of King County for 25 years.” #OneStorySeattle #EmeraldDowns #KingCounty #Seattlehistory #history #Longacres #GaryRidgway #newspapers #newsphotography #SeattlePI #wemissyouDuane