DEB ACHAK | Seattle, Washington

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Raised in New Hampshire, Deb Achak holds a master’s degree in social work and is a self-trained photographer and filmmaker.  She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband and sons in a grand old home that was once a bed and breakfast.

Deb Achak's fine art photography explores her fascination with water imagery.  She began her exploration of the human relationship to water in her Ebb and Flow series. She has expanded her scope to document the commonalities across cultures in the way we gather, fine joy, relaxation and contemplation at the shore.  Her travels have taken her to Hawaii, Italy, California, Florida and Mexico.  Each photograph is an attempt to capture a sense of place and the emotions that people experience when they are in and around water.  



Master of Social Work, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2002)
Bachelor of Arts, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH (1990)


FINALIST, Fine Art Photography Awards (conceptual and fine art categories), London, UK, 2017
JUROR SELECTION (x2) and Honorable Mention, New York Center for Photographic Arts, Liquid, 2017
FINALIST, Vermont Center for Photography, Open Juried Exhibition, 2017
MERIT GALLERY WINNER, All About Photo, The Mind’s Eye Exhibition, 2017
SECOND PRIZE, Sante Fe Photographic Workshops, Home, 2016  


2017, The Decisive Moment, PhotoPlace Gallery, Juror: Sam Abell
2017, Glass, New York Center for Photographic Arts, Juror: Traer Scott
2017, Color: The Visual Spectrum, Black Box Gallery, Juror:  Todd Johnson
2017, Summertime (x3), A Smith Gallery, Juror:  Sandrine Hermand_Grisel
2017, Fine Art Photography Awards, conceptual and fine art categories, Jurors: Tim Franco, Nadia Dias, Liza Van der Stock, Matilde Gattoni, Amélie Labourdette, Valery Klamm and Pierre Abensur
2017 Liquid, New York Center for Photographic Arts, Juror:  Debra Klomp Ching
2017 Intimate Portraits, PhotoPlace Gallery, Juror: Joyce Tenneson
2017 The Mind’s Eye, All About Photo, Jurors:  Beatrice Chassepot, Julien Chatelin, James Dooley, Susan Dooley, Eileen Gittins, Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, Ann Jastrab, Aline Smithson, Judy Walgren, Sabine Weiss.
2017 Open Juried Exhibition, Vermont Center for Photography, Juror: Karen Haas
2016 Portraiture, Black Box Gallery, Juror:  Kelli Pennington.
2016 Home, Sante Fe Photographic Workshops, Jurors: Paula Tognarelli, Nancy Baron, Olivier Laurent, and Reid Callanan
2016 Portal, SE Center for Photography, Juror:  Lori Vrba


Back Room Show, Winston Wachter Fine Art Seattle, July 8-August 31, 2017
Deb Achak, EBB and FLOW, Red Ticking, Seattle, WA, April 6-May 6, 2017


Winston Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, WA


Feature Artwork, Luxe Magazine, Nov/Dec 2017
Domino Magazine, August 2017
Fraction Magazine, Issue 99, June 2017
Don’t Take Pictures, April 2017
be-Art Magazine, April 2017
Lenscratch, April 2017
All About Photo, March 2017, August 2015

FILMS, Awards and Installations

2016 Seattle International Film Festival, Three Minute Masterpiece
2016 Winston Wachter Fine Art Gallery Seattle, WA (installation)
2017 Winston Wachter Fine Art Gallery, Seattle, WA (installation)  

photo credit:   Dorothee Brand