Doug Plummer (Seattle, WA) was born in Chambersburg, PA in 1955, attended Antioch College in Ohio, and graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA in 1980. He started taking photos and making prints in the darkroom at 6, learning the craft from his father. After college, and after a detour as a bird research field grunt, he turned to making a living with his cameras. He is now an established commercial photographer and filmmaker in Seattle.
He started contra dancing in Seattle in the mid 1980s, and he started photographing the dances then too. His photography assignments take him frequently to the East Coast, where he always finds a dance to attend and photograph. Since 2012 he has self-published the Contradance Calendar, a photo showcase exhibiting the vibrant life of the tradition. He made a series of short films for Northwest Folklife, and he is beginning work on a documentary film project on one of the CDSS tour communities, Coos Bay, OR. He is also a new piano player and is already in a contra dance band. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Robin Shapiro, and their cat, Shadow.