John Swope

( 1908 - 1979 )

While most photographers are known for their focus on a singular idea or subject matter, John Swope remained an exception to the rule. Swope was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1908. As a student at Harvard, he forged close friendships that would influence his career and last a lifetime. He discovered photography in 1936 and later joined Life Magazine’s stable of freelance photographers. After the war in the 1940’s and, over the course of the next 14 years, he produced an extensive body of work for publication. He specialized in documenting the world of theater and film, and in creating natural portraits of celebrities.

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