Seattle photographer Barry Wong’s fine art photograph “Jasmine Tea & Black Teapot,” will be installed in the Diplomatic Room at the Department of Commerce Building in Washington, D.C. this week.
The photograph is one in a series of Asian still life images that Barry has been creating. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, the former Governor of Washington, invited Wong to exhibit his print and it will be installed this week alongside works by other noted Northwest artists including: Gerard Tsutakawa, Dale Chihuly, and Johsel Namkung.
“It’s an incredible honor to have one of my photographs on display in the nation’s capital,” said Wong.
An unexpected bonus for Wong and his two daughters, Kela and Melia, was getting to visit with Locke this summer and to hear about his work and his role in the Cabinet. “You can pretty much see the White House from his office window – so you can imagine it was a memorable occasion for us. We heard some wonderful stories about life in the corridors of power and the girls felt like visiting dignitaries,” said Wong
Wong’s photographs have been exhibited at Seattle’s City Hall and at Kobo in Seattle’s International District. His prints are currently featured at the Wing Luke Museum Marketplace store.
Wong has received numerous awards for his fine art photography and for his earlier documentary work as a photojournalist at The Seattle Times – where he was a finalist for a team Pulitzer Prize in photography.
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