Will Swanson is a freelance documentary photographer working in Africa and the Middle East whose work has been exhibited at the Crypt Gallery in London, the UN headquarters in New York and the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.
His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy Magazine, The Guardian and other publications. He has worked for wire services AFP and EPA, and also works as a contract photographer for the International Rescue Committee and UNHCR, the UN refugee agency.
Having lived in East Africa for almost 10 years, Will has extensive experience working in the region and regularly works in South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda and Somalia.
In 2015 Will received a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to focus on the marginalization and extra-judicial killings of ethnic Somalis along Kenya’s north east border with Somalia, a volatile and under-reported region.
Will also works as a documentary videographer and producer. He has filmed and produced a series of documentary shorts on child soldiers as a part of the social media campaign for the NETFLIX original film Beasts of No Nation, and has produced and filmed for CNN’s Inside Africa. He has filmed news packages for ARD German Television, Voice of America, CNN, The Washington Post and produces video content for NGOs with projects in East Africa and the Middle East.
In 2018 Will was made a fellow of The GroundTruth Project, an award-winning, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists in the U.S. and around the world. He received a grant from The Groundtruth Project to report on gender and the impact of conflict on women and children in Yemen.
Will is a member of the Foreign Correspondent’s Association of East Africa (FCAEA) and the Frontline Freelance Register (FFR), a representative body for freelance journalists exposed to risk while gathering news. He is also an alumni of the Eddie Adams XXIV class.