Louise Billy, Mid-Columbia River, 1981

Eduardo Calderón
(Peruvian, born 1949)

Location: Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Lacey


Louise Billy, Mid-Columbia River is a portrait by Eduardo Calderón of Louise Billy, who created traditional buckskin designs, beadwork, and cedar bark baskets. She lived in Eastern Washington, near Goldendale. Calderón notes "A photograph can say a great deal more about a human situation than an extensive written statement." This photograph is part of Calderón's series of portraits of Native American artisans of the Pacific Northwest. Calderón explores and interprets the human condition.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Monroe School District.


A student of anthropology, Northwest photographer Eduardo Calderón creates artworks that invite imaginative interpretations. He chooses his compositions to encourage visual and narrative ambiguity. Born in Arequipa, Peru, many of his photographs were taken during travels to Latin America and Europe. He has lived and worked in Washington State since 1975.

MediumGelatin silver print
Dimensions11 in x 13 15/16 in (sheet)
ID NumberWSAC1991.064.000
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyDepartment of Social and Health Services
Artwork LocationDivision of Vocational Rehabilitation
4th floor, Wellness room
WA CountyThurston
Site TypeState Agency
Address4565 7th Avenue SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Geo. Coordinates47.041304, -122.826280
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