Eugene Louie is a well-renowned photographer, having been nominated by American Photographer Magazine as a "New Face" in photojournalism when he was just twenty-six years old. That same year, Louie's photographers helped Washington's Longview Daily news win a staff Pulitzer Prize for covering the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980. He has also won a bronze medal in the Photographer of the Year in the Pacific Northwest competition. In 1989 his photography once again contributed to a Pulitzer Prize win, this time for The San Jose Mercury News' coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake and it's aftermath.
His rapid rise in photojournalism is notable because Louie originally set out to become a psychologist, but switched to photography during his senior year at university. "The Vietnam War, civil rights, and Women's Liberation were just a few of the issues rapidly changing American culture. I believed it was my job to record the extraordinary times." Louie has traveled the world, turning his camera lenses into remote eyes for his visual audience. In 2010 during his first winter visit to Yosemite National Park, Louie experienced an epiphany. "Photography became a meditation. I realized the purpose of my second career is to photograph the natural world, with the same passion I felt for journalism...This time I am showcasing the planet."