Benjamin Swett

Benjamin Swett is an American writer and photographer. His books include New York City of Trees (2013), The Hudson Valley: A Cultural Guide (2009), Route 22 (2007), and Great Trees of New York City: A Guide (2000). He has received grants and fellowships from The International Grenfell Association, Furthermore, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and was a writer and photographer for the New York City Parks Department for thirteen years before taking up photography full-time in 2001. He teaches photography at Wave Hill in the Bronx and is the expedition photographer for the Notion Archaological Survey in Turkey. His book New York City of Trees won the 2013 New York City Book Award for Photography and his photographs are included in public collections such as the Museum of the City of New York as well as in corporate and private collections.

SOLO EXHIBITS:
Planthouse Gallery, NYC, "Home Winds," April 28-June 22, 2017
Wave Hill, Bronx, NY “New York City of Trees,” June 2015-March, 2016
BCB Art, Hudson, NY, "Shin Creek," October 11-November 9, 2014
Arsenal Gallery, Central Park, "New York City of Trees," March 6-April 26, 2013
Albany International Airport, Concourse A Gallery, "Route 22," May 2010-January 2011
Beaverkill Garage, Lew Beach, NY, “Shin Creek,” Dec. 2006-March 2007
Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park, NY, “Route 22,” April 2006
Spencertown Academy, Spencertown, NY. “Route 22,” Feb-Mar, 2005
Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY. “Route 22,” June-August, 2004
Wave Hill, Bronx, NY “New York City Trees,” June-August, 2001
An American Space Gallery NYC, “Great Trees of New York City,” June-July 2000

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS:
French Shore Interpr. Cntr, Conche, NL, “Grandois/St. Julien’s 1977-2015,” Aug '16-Jan '17
Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY, “Art Meets Art,” June-August, 2013
CAS Arts Center, Livingston Manor, NY," 21 : A Life in Photographs," Sept-Oct 2011
Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY, "Warren Street," June-August, 2011
Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY, "Local Self-Portraits," June-August, 2010
G.A.S. Visual Arts, Poughkeepsie, NY, “Bridges and the Span of Time,” Sep-Oct 2009
Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY, “Surprisingly Natural,” Sep-Oct, 2008
Catskill Mountain Foundation Gallery, Hunter, NY, “In Full Bloom,” May-June, 2008
Joie de Livres, Salisbury, CT, “Spring Awakening,” May-June, 2008
Outsider’s Studio, Livingston Manor, NY, Sep. 1-29, 2007 “Through the Optic Nerve”
Abrons Arts Center NYC, “Trees of Knowing,” October-December, 2006
Michael Ingbar Gallery NYC, “It’s About Real Estate,” May 2006-Jan. 2007
Arts for Peace NYC, “Nature in the City,” June-Aug., 2005
Mt. Sinai-Irving J. Selikoff Center NYC, “Nature in New York,” 2003-2007
Arsenal Gallery NYC, “Queens Jewels: A History of Queens Parks,” June-Sep 2002
Arsenal Gallery NYC, “Waterways, New York and Scotland,” Sep-Oct 2001
Michael Ingbar Gallery NYC, “The New York Skyline,” July-November, 2001
Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY, “Art at Steepletop,” July 2001
Arsenal Gallery NYC, “Greener Pastures: Bronx Parks,” June-July, 2001
Scott Pfaffman Gallery NYC, “For the Trees,” May-July, 2000

BOOKS (author):
New York City of Trees (New York: Quantuck Lane Press, 2013)
The Hudson Valley: A Cultural Guide (New York: Quantuck Lane Press, 2009)
Route 22 (New York, Quantuck Lane Press, 2007)
Great Trees of New York City: A Guide (New York: New York Tree Trust, 2000

SELECTED OTHER BOOKS:
The Countryside of Aphrodisias (Ann Arbor, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 2017--contributing photographer)
Waterproofing New York (New York: Terreform, Inc., 2015--contributor)
Aphrodisias V: The Aphrodisias Regional Survey (Darmstadt/Mainz, Germany: Philipp von Zabern, 2012--contributing photographer).
Archaeology and the Cities of Asia Minor in Late Antiquity (Ann Arbor: Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 2011--contributor)
New York: A Photographer's City (New York: Rizzoli, 2011--contributor)
100 New York Photographers (New York: Schiffer Books, 2009--contributor)
New York City Trees: a Field Guide for the Metropolitan Area (New York: Columbia
University Press, 2002--contributor)
Insight Guide, Italy (Singapore, APA Productions, 1986--contributor)
Insight Guide: New York (Singapore, APA Productions, 1986--contributor)

AWARDS, GRANTS, RESIDENCIES:
International Grenfell Association 2015 grant for "Creating the Grandois Archive."
2013 New York City Book Award for Photography for New York City of Trees
Furthermore research and publication grants for New York City of Trees (2010, 2012), The Hudson Valley: A Cultural Guide (2008), and Route 22 (2005, 2006)
Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, N.Y. One-Month Residency. (Aug 1999)
Breadloaf Writer’s Conference, Middlebury, VT Two-week residency (August 1989)

SELECTED BROCHURES:
Historic Houses in New York City Parks, 2003 (photos)
Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan Map & Guide 2000 (editor/photographer)
New York-New Jersey Waterways 2000 (author/photographer)
Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan: Map and Guide 1999 (co-author/photographer)
Bronx River New York: Map and Guide 1999 (author/photographer)
Fort Greene Park Brooklyn: Map and Guide 1998 (author/photographer)
The People of St. James Park 1997 (author/photographer)

FREELANCE CLIENTS:
Adirondack Life Magazine, Alliance for the Arts, Archaeological Excavation of Aphrodisias, Arthur Ross Foundation, Bridge Street Development Corporation, Broadway Mall Association, The Brearley School, Central Park Conservancy, Christodora, Inc., City of New York/Parks & Recreation, City Parks Foundation, Eric Cohler Design, Fantastic Man, GreenThumb, Highbridge Community Development Corporation, Historic House Trust, Zev Katz, Madison Square Park Conservancy, Morningside Area Alliance, National Tree Trust, National Park Service, New York Community Trust, New York Gastroenterological Associates, New Yorkers for Parks, New York Restoration Project, New York Times Book Review, New York Times, Notion Archaeological Survey, Park Avenue Christian Church Day School, Phipps Houses, Inc., Times Square Alliance, Wave Hill, Woodlawn Cemetery, private clients.

EDUCATION:
Harvard College, Magna Cum Laude 1982, English & American Literature.