Artist/Filmmaker Robin Layton presents the lake with guitarist Will Ackerman

Pulitzer Prize-nominated artist/photojournalist/filmmaker and Nikon Ambassador Robin Layton presents her new book, the lake, a stunning collection of portraits documenting Lake Washington. The book is divided into four seasons, so audiences can follow the changing moods and life of Lake Washington from summer into fall, winter into spring. Discover the many faces of the lake, in all its magical moments and breathtaking beauty.

For this unique presentation, Robin teams up with Windham Hill Records founder and Grammy®-winning guitarist William Ackerman who will perform in front of videos and images from Robin’s book. Robin has been a fan of William Ackerman’s transcendent music since the age of 21 and often listened to it while photographing Lake Washington. Robin and Will imagined the perfect way to recreate the mood of those moments was to produce a performance of interlaced scenes and sounds. Fellow musician Todd Boston will also be on hand to perform solos and duets with Will during this special evening.

Robin will be signing copies of this limited-edition book/artwork directly following the November 21 presentation. (Note: there are only 2,000 printed copies of the lake. There will never be another reprint.)

Benaroya Hall Events

Dates and Tickets

  • 21 Nov (Thu) 2019 7:30PM

Doors open

1 hour prior to performance


Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall - Benaroya Hall


Robin Layton


During her 25 years as a photojournalist, renowned photographer Robin Layton has earned a place among the world’s top photographers. In 1991, her image of a young, departing soldier embracing his daughter on the USS John F. Kennedy was used globally for ads including AT&T and the USO and was on the cover of LIFE Magazine’s The Year in Pictures issue. Her photo story on runaway teens in downtown Seattle was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Sports enthusiasts will remember her iconic photograph of Ken Griffey Jr. from the 1995 American League playoffs (“The Smile at the Bottom of the Pile”).

William Ackerman


Will Ackerman is the founder of Windham Hill Records. Although he does not record many of his own CDs at this time, his guitar music is still tied to the uniqueness of the Windham Hill sound. Will Ackerman’s CDs have won awards including his CD Returning which won a Grammy® Award in 2005.  His CDs The Sound of Wind-Driven Rain and Hearing Voices were also nominated for a Grammy®. 

Todd Boston


Todd Boston is a Billboard Top Ten Guitarist/Multi-Instrumentalist. His albums ONE (Billboard Top Ten New Age, 2017 ZMR Awards Nominee) and Touched by the Sun (produced by Grammy® winner Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records) have been featured on radio and TV worldwide and received recognition and awards globally.