Will Swanson is a freelance photographer working in East Africa.
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 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.
As well as photography work, Will produces documentary and news video. He has filmed and produced a series 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 breaking news packages for ARD German Television and produces video content for NGOs with projects in East Africa.
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 a member of the Eddie Adams 2016 XXIV class.