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ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Seattle Times Pictures of the Year 2009

Dec. 1: Central Pierce Fire & Rescue Capt. A. Dulas salutes during a procession that escorted the bodies of four slain Lakewood police officers from where they were killed Nov. 29 at Forza Coffee to the Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office in Tacoma.

"A couple years into working on my undergraduate degree at Northern Arizona University, I was pretty sure I wanted to be a reporter or writer. I worked for the student paper and enjoyed the challenge of writing about new subjects and interesting people. Our publication's photography staff was very talented. Curious to learn more about their craft, I enrolled in a photojournalism class taught by Peter Schwepker, a photojournalist at The Arizona Republic. In his class it hit me: I wanted to tell stories through photographs. I was touched by how photographs could put the viewer in someone else's shoes. Photojournalism is important in today's media landscape because at its core it's supposed to be real. We do not use tools to make people skinnier, prettier or change the information in the image. There's room to be creative, take risks and grow. But our goal is to capture images that the public trusts." — Erika Schultz