LONG BEACH — Damian Mulinix, who died in March at age 42 following a stroke, started working for the Chinook Observer in various capacities in 2002. A self-taught photographer, his images make a unique contribution to the visual heritage of Washington state.

Mulinix was honored several times as Washington State Photographer of the Year. He won literally scores of state, regional and national awards.

While he thoroughly enjoyed professional accolades, Mulinix's greatest personal satisfaction came from "nailing" photo assignments — coming back to the office with images that accurately and insightfully captured the essence of life in our beautiful, fun and eccentric coastal communities.

It is with great feelings of pride and loss that we present only a few of the remarkable Damian Mulinix photos published over the years in the pages of the Chinook Observer. The depth of his portfolio is so great that we could easily select entirely different sets of photos many times over.

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Loved to read Portfolio of a life of Damian Mulinix who passed away last month which is quite sad for hi fans but he is still alive with his contribution as self-taught photographer to the visual heritage of Washington State. So whatever you do or give to society will remain for a long than long you live.

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