As an artist and commercial photographer with over 42 years experience I've made a lifetime commitment
to the field of imaging.  I continue to explore this evolving medium with a passion; it is my life's work. 

My portfolio is comprised of Commercial Architecture, Landscape, Studio, Portraiture and Personal
Photographic Projects. 

My range of experience includes; Instructor of Photography at the Maine Photo Workshops, Photo-finish Photographer at a Thoroughbred Race Track, Photo-Lab Technician and Ship's Photographer during
Vietnam deployment with the US Coast Guard.

My work has been published, collected and exhibited throughout the US, Canada and Europe. 


Employment: Photographer / Owner; Under The Light, Seattle, WA, 26 years.

Under The Light is a business dealing with commercial, editorial, documentary and fine art photography projects providing architectural,
studio, portrait & landscape photographic and video service to a wide range of clients.

It’s my job to: promote UTL, find & develop new clients, maintain client relationships, provide unique and detailed estimates for each
project, creatively photograph, respond smoothly to project “surprises”, employ traditional as well as new technologies to accomplish each
assignment according to client specifications, follow through with billings, record keeping and to enjoy the process, which I do.

Additional Background Information:

I hold a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology at Rochester, NY  1982  and a
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree; Photography from Edinboro State College (now University) at Edinboro, PA  1978

Self-Directed Portfolios include;  

In the Shadow of Viaduct: A Documentation of an Elevated Highway along the Seattle Waterfront
Afternoons on the Front Porch: a suite of portraits of the homeless made in the Shadow of the Viaduct
Life in Seattle: A Portrait of Seattle
Passage to Vancouver:  Landscape views from a rail and road journey from Seattle, WA to Vancouver, BC.
Small Gifts Found Close to Home: Photography from explorations in Seattle parks and in my yard
A Year in the Garden:  Photographs made within our own private 5000 square foot nature preserve.
The Seattle Waterfront and The Duwamish Waterway:  Both separate works which led to my current project:

40 Miles of Water, The Seattle Waterfront and Duwamish Waterway


Walker Architecture  Seattle; architectural interiors 

Tenant Works  Seattle; corporate interiors 

Paper Scissors Stone  Seattle; architectural interiors 

Puget Sound Energy  Western Washington; interior photography 

Wright Runstad and Company  Seattle; editorial, portrait & survey photography 

Compass Construction Management  Seattle; interior and exteriors

Coughlin Porter Lundeen  Seattle; corporate portraiture

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership Seattle; architectural photography 

Boating Magazine; New York

Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates, Inc.; Philadelphia, PA;

architectural photography 

Office of the Prosecuting Attorney; King County, WA; evidence documentation 

Seattle Art Museum; portraits, photography of art & architecture

The Market Foundation and the Pike Market Medical Clinic Seattle;
annual report photography, on-site portraits

United Way & Children's Home Society  Seattle; corporate affairs

Saint Mark's Cathedral  Seattle; Capital Campaign photography

G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre; Vancouver, BC, Canada;

photography for an instructional presentation 

Seattle First National Bank  Seattle; Seafirst Gallery photography of art collection 

Best Cellars, New York / Seattle; interior photography

Goldenwest Diamond Corporation, NV; exterior photography
Lease Crutcher Lewis  Seattle; architectural interiors and exteriors

NBBJ  Seattle; architectural exteriors
Integrus Architecture  Seattle; digital services

Rhodes Architecture and Light  Seattle; architectural photography 

Scientific Explorer, Inc.  Seattle; studio, location and product photography 

Contractors Labor Pool, Inc.  Reno, NV; corporate industrial and
on-site portrait photography 

Schacht | Aslani Architects  Seattle; architectural photography 

Integrus Architecture  Seattle; architectural photography 

GGLO Architecture & Interior Design  Seattle; architectural photography 

The Duluth Timber Co.  Duluth, MN; advertising photography

Olson Sundberg Architects  Seattle; architectural photography 

MBT Architecture  Seattle; interior photography 

The Frye Art Museum  Seattle; photography of art 

Law Firm of Preston, Gates & Ellis Seattle; on-site executive portraiture 

Hackworth Architecture & Planning  Seattle; architectural photography 

Barnard College; event photography 

Bunge Foods, Inc.; industrial photography for capability brochure

Ledcor Industries Inc.; Seattle and Vancouver, BC, Canada;

survey photography

Cottages at Hedgebrook; A Woman's Writing Retreat

brochure photography 

Helmut Guenschel, Inc.; Museum Display Case Documentation

WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.; Seattle; interior photography

Seattle Cabinet and Millwork; Monroe, WA; product & interiors
Miller and Miller Construction;  Sammamish, WA; on-site portraits

Gwen Lowry, Brand Merchandise Manager / Bank of America Store,

Bank of America; photography licensing


It was a great pleasure working with you on our Woodland Square Office Building Project.  With the short amount of time and with little direction given, the final product was excellent.  Gary, we look forward to working with you on future projects.


I first called on Gary Sutto and Under the Light when one of the principals of Wright Runstad & Company had an urgent need for interior photos of progressive office spaces that he could use for a presentation to the Urban Land Institute. Not only did Gary respond to my somewhat unrealistic timeline, but he did so with great results. Gary accommodated my initial request with enthusiasm, professionalism, and a sense of humor. We worked together on several subsequent projects with similar results. Gary was always there when I needed him and always delivered exactly what I asked for. I would hire him again in a heartbeat.


On behalf of Inagua Enterprises, Shinstine Construction and Walker Architecture, I would like to take this opportunity to say that it has been our pleasure to work with you on the Nicholas Court project. As a small design office, Walker Architecture relies on the expertise of many consultants and you belong on the top of the list. Your photographic eye, flexibility and responsiveness have helped to record this courtyard project and to
capture the spirit and dynamics of the structure and landscape. This work will commendably serve our varying needs as designers, architects, developers and contractors for some time.


RE: An Exhibition of Selected Viaduct Photographs at Seattle City Hall:

I went to City Hall to install all of Allied Arts' illustrations, and after two hours I decided my initial plan was detracting from your great work. So, we  decided that your work needed to be in lights (literally). Our work was actually diminishing the power of yours and was reflecting ill on us. After two hours of head scratching, I took all of the Allied Arts illustrations down and focused on you.  With thanks to David Yeaworth and Tom VanBronkhorst who encouraged us to take a second look at our original plan -- we decided that Gary's work needed to be featured on its own. His photographs of how people are living under the Viaduct are eye opening indeed. Right here -- just a few blocks from City Hall. It (the work) looks absolutely fabulous and I am really pleased with the outcome. 


Gary - I wanted to let you know that I took a few minutes from my crazy day and took a look at your website. It is beautifully done! You are an excellent photographer - you capture something unique in each frame.


Dear Gary, 

Thanks so much for sending along your wife’s bio. And I enjoyed looking at your website. Your work is quite beautiful and very interesting!


RE: The Passage to Vancouver Portfolio.

Hi Gary, 

Thanks for your email and link to your website. You’ve captured some beautiful imagery! It’s good to hear of your continued interest in Vancouver.



Thanks for your note. Your work is very beautiful, thoughtfully crafted and very artistic.   All best, Russ Kendall, Picture Editor  The Bellingham Herald


RE; The Seattle Viaduct Portfolio at:   (Some comments have been edited for clarity and brevity.)

A fantastic collection of fascinating images - I recently visited Seattle from Vancouver and was interested in the Viaduct and its place in the City, so browsed for it back home and really found your approach an excellent eye opener on this aspect of Seattle.


I am a Seattle native and lived there at least part time since the 1950's. The viaduct was the best drive because of the view of the waterfront and downtown. As a kid it was awesome to see. I still remember it. Your pictures are beautiful - but the subject is so sad. People's ingenuity in making a bedroom is inspiring but overall the area really looks old an worn out and the people who use it must be too. I moved away in 1996 and have been homesick every day I've been away. It's hard to explain, but I miss the messes you see in the neighborhoods of Seattle - and the neighborhoods period. In Phoenix the growth has been so vast and fast that there are no neighborhoods, no cultural centers for different nationalities, and everything is brand spanking new - roads, buildings, houses, people. Nothing has a soul. Anything built pre-1960 is torn down and built anew. So while the pictures of the viaduct are sad and even with the color play of dark and light, shadow and sunlight - I find more beauty in what you captured on old and broken than any picture from here all shiny and new. Thank you for all your hard work. It touched me deeply and I will save it and come back to it often. HHR Phoenix, Arizona.


Good morning Gary, 

Outstanding work.  Your composition and lighting speak volumes to me. I was raised in Vermont, and every summer my grand-parents would spend two weeks in Wells Beach, ME.  My grandfather was a professional photographer (for the Fairbanks Scale Company in St. Johnsbury, VT) and he would make side to trips all up and down the coast from York to Rockland and Camden.  I have fond recollections of pictures from the Portland area but none with the unique perspective of yours (excepting of course the Portland Head light).  Later, when I was fortunate enough to live in Ogunquit, I burned through a lot of film in the coves, small anchorages, and some of the out-of-the-way corners in and around SE Maine. 

When I have the time to devote to it I want to peruse through the rest of your site...nice site by the way. Excellent work and thanks for the site information.  BA.


I'm working on the Viaduct Replacement Team, your coverage of the Viaduct and its inhabitants is great. I also have walked several miles under the structure getting an idea for our study. You capture a way of life that is irreplaceable, reminds me of growing up along the B&O railroad at the end of WWII. the same type of "hobo" encampments. Would like to meet you someday. PS. My wife and I lived in Topsham, ME from 1998-2000, A beautiful State.


Gary Sutto's photo journalistic piece, "Views From the Viaduct" in the "Pacific Northwest" magazine for 07/16/06 was visually interesting, socially enlightening and a sad and tragic commentary of homelessness in Seattle.  Gary's pictures are compelling, and his late afternoon shot on page 21 is startlingly reminiscent of a 1930 Edward Hopper painting from entitled "Early Sunday Morning".  Given the uncertainty of the Viaduct's survival, I am glad that Gary has chosen to record these beautiful, and at the same time haunting, images and views of Seattle's "In The Shadow of the Viaduct" architecture.


Saw the Pacific Northwest story. Although I now live in Santa Barbara, CA, I am a former Seattle Times staffer so I regularly read the newspaper. The 15 years I lived in Seattle, I, too, found myself captivated by the under the Viaduct scene. Your project is wonderful. Your photographs are stunning. Thank you and keep shooting!