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MARK HARRISON / THE SEATTLE TIMES
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Seattle Times Pictures of the Year 2009

Oct. 5: Seattle Mariners teammates carry Ken Griffey Jr. and Ichiro Suzuki off the field after the Mariners defeated the Texas Rangers 4-3 in October to end their season.

"My father was the publisher and my mother was the managing editor of the weekly newspaper my family owned in Minnesota in the 1970s. The nearest daily was the Worthington Daily Globe, where Bill Kuykendall was the picture editor and Jim Brandenburg was a photographer. Before I could drive, my father took me to a semester of community-college classes taught by Brandenburg, and after that I never really wanted to do anything else. In college I learned from photojournalism evangelists Cliff Edom and Angus McDougall, and I won a contest that led to a job in Everett, which led to a job at The Seattle Times 24 years ago. The job has changed several times. When I started we were an unbridled afternoon paper and lenses focused manually. But we're still sharing stories with words and pictures, and I'm proud to be part of this family newspaper." — Mark Harrison