John Swope (photographer)

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John Swope

John Swope (on left) with Henry Fonda and James Stewart in 'The Spirt of '76', 1937
Born1908
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Died1979
Los Angeles, California
FieldPhotography
Websitehttp://www.craigkrullgallery.com/Swope.J/
 
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John Swope

John Swope (on left) with Henry Fonda and James Stewart in 'The Spirt of '76', 1937
Born1908
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Died1979
Los Angeles, California
FieldPhotography
Websitehttp://www.craigkrullgallery.com/Swope.J/

John Swope (1908 – 1979) was a photographer for Life Magazine,[1][2] and a pilot.[2]

He was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1908.[3]

He attended Harvard University in 1930. There, he joined the theatrical group University Players where Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart, and Jimmy Logan are also members.[4]

His interest in photography began when he brought a camera to a yacht race from Los Angeles to Hawaii in 1936.[3]

Together with Leland Hayward and John H. Connelly, he co-founded Southwest Airways (no connection to the present day Southwest Airlines), a company that developed the Thunderbird Fields, which trained thousands of military pilots during the Second World War.[2][5]

He was married to actress Dorothy McGuire in 1943 until his death in 11 May 1979.[6]

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Career

He started his career by documenting federal housing projects, a part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal Program.[7]

1936 - He worked as an assistant to Leland Heyward.[8]

1938 - He was commissioned to photograph the work of nurses in Harlem and the Lower East Side by Henry Street Settlement House.[3]

1939 - He was assigned by Harper's Bazaar in South America with Josh Logan.[3]

1941 - He began training Aviation cadets in Thunderbird Airfield right after he joined the Army.[7]

1942 - He collaborated with John Steinbeck on an illustrated book, Bombs Away: The Story of a Bomber Team, which documented the training of army cadets.[7]

1945 - He joined the Naval Reserve as a photographer. His first assignment, in June 1945, was to photograph an overseas military flight from Maryland to Paris.[9]

1946 - Began his freelancing career again after his discharge from the Navy. He produced a theatrical play at the La Jolla Playhouse.[7]

1975 - Photographed palaces of the maharajahs in India for the James Ivory book, Autobiography of a Princess[10]

Influences

John Swope broke the mold of Hollywood's glamour shots when he burst in the scene in 1936.[11] What makes his work unique is how he used available light, shot from unusual angles, and informal portraits. This might come from his influence of Mondrian's use of linear space.[12]

Exhibitions

Books

External links

References

  1. ^ "John Swope at Craig Krull Gallery". Craig Krull Gallery. http://www.craigkrullgallery.com/Swope.J/biography.html. Retrieved 2010-11-17. "Swope was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1908. ... died in Los Angeles in 1979." 
  2. ^ a b c "Arizona Memory Project : Browse". Azmemory.lib.az.us. http://azmemory.lib.az.us/cdm4/browse.php?CISOROOT=/tgmhistcoll. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d http://www.craigkrullgallery.com/Swope.J/biography.html. "John Swope at Craig Krull Gallery". Craigkrullgallery.com. http://craigkrullgallery.com/Swope.J/biography.html. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  4. ^ Posted by S Ballard (2010-04-11). "notredamephoto: John Swope". Notredamephoto.blogspot.com. http://notredamephoto.blogspot.com/2010/04/john-swope.html. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  5. ^ "Oldies and Oddities: Tinseltown’s Training Base". Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine. http://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/Oldies-and-Oddities-Tinseltowns-Training-Base.html. Retrieved 2010-11-21. "They enlisted John Swope, a commercial pilot and photographer who had once shared a bachelor pad with Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda and who would later collaborate with John Steinbeck on the book Bombs Away." 
  6. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0570192/bio
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center". Tfaoi.com. http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/6aa/6aa199.htm. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  8. ^ "Camera Over Hollywood: Photographs by John Swope, 1936-1938 - Presentation House Gallery". Absolutearts.com. http://www.absolutearts.com/artsnews/2000/09/01/27398.html. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  9. ^ "Three American Photographers, Block Museum, Northwestern University". Blockmuseum.northwestern.edu. http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/threeamericanphotographers/index.html. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  10. ^ a b "John Swope Exhibit Shows the True Face of Hollywood | Art Business News | Find Articles at BNET". Findarticles.com. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0HMU/is_12_27/ai_73393224/. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  11. ^ "John Swope Exhibit Shows the True Face of Hollywood.(Brief Article) - Art Business News | HighBeam Research - FREE trial". Highbeam.com. 2000-11-01. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-73393224.html. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  12. ^ http://www.craigkrullgallery.com/Swope.J/biography.html. "John Swope at Craig Krull Gallery". Craigkrullgallery.com. http://www.craigkrullgallery.com/Swope.J/biography.html. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  13. ^ "Steidl". Steidlville.com. http://www.steidlville.com/search/?q=%22John+Swope%22&r=/books. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  14. ^ "A Letter from Japan - Exhibitions - Hammer Museum". Hammer.ucla.edu. http://hammer.ucla.edu/exhibitions/detail/exhibition_id/101. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  15. ^ "Sake-Drenched Postcards - John Swope: A Letter from Japan". Bigempire.com. http://www.bigempire.com/sake/john_swope.html. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  16. ^ "Past Exhibitions at Craig Krull Gallery". craigkrullgallery.com. http://www.craigkrullgallery.com/Exhibition/Past.html.