Herb Swanson has been making photographs for over twenty-five years, and his work in journalism has taken him around the world.
He got his start at a small newspaper in New Hampshire in 1981. Then came a stint in Alaska at the Anchorage Times, followed by more than a decade of free-lance and wire service assignments on three continents. Working for Associated Press and Agence France Presse, he covered the elections and administrations of two presidents.
In the early days of digital photography Discovery.com hired him to create “Eye on the Road,” featuring a daily digital photo from locations around the globe. He also twice participated in an internationally acclaimed photography exhibit, “Recontres Photographiques de Normandie,” in Rouen, France.
His portfolio is wide-ranging, capturing moments in sports, the arts, and international events. In 1989 he made the first of five trips to Ireland and Northern Ireland, where he documented political strife, an annual pilgrimage to the summit of Croagh Patrick, and cultural festivals. Now living in Vermont, he continues to free-lance for newspapers including the Boston Globe and the New York Times, and magazines including Smithsonian. Much of his commercial work is commissioned by hospitals and educational institutions.