Benjamin Swett

My six-session fall photography workshop at Wave Hill will focus on technical issues in landscape photography. It begins October 21, 2014. For information on registering for the course, check the Wave Hill web site. The class was featured in Ralph Gardner Jr.'s Urban Gardner column in the June 8, 2014 Wall Street Journal.

New York City of Trees has won the New York Society Library's New York City Book Award for Photography for 2013. Each year since 1996 the library has given these awards to "honor books of literary quality or historical importance that, in the opinion of the selection committee, evoke the spirit or enhance appreciation of New York City." For more information about the awards and a list of other winners, please visit The New York Society Library's web site.

In its May/June issue, Adirondack Life magazine published an article co-authored by the dendrochronologist Neil Pederson and me on "Lake George's Ancient Trees." The article describes, in photographs and text, a visit by Neil, Tad Norton of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and me to a group of surprisingly old trees growing on the eastern slopes of Prospect Mountain just above Lake George.

Thanks to a gift from Lyn Chase, The Museum of the City of New York purchased a print of "Post Oak Quercus stellata 20", Hunter Island, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx" in December, 2013. The photograph appears on page 118 of New York City of Trees.

In October, 2013, Richard Roth interviewed me for his WGXC program The Passage. In his calm, friendly way Richard extracted quite a bit of information about trees, photography, books, the New York City Parks Department, Columbia County, and more. To see an archive list of the many artists Richard has interviewed on this extraordinary program please visit here.

A new photograph, "Self-Portrait at Olana," was included in the group show Art Meets Art: Perspectives On and Beyond Olana at the Hudson Opera House and Olana, both in Hudson, NY, June 8-August 11, 2013.

New photographs appeared in Small Town Parade, a group show at the Saugerties Performing Arts Factory (SPAF) in Saugerties, NY., in July 2013.

Amanda Hurley's article, "Trees Through the Lens," described New York City of Trees in the June 2013 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Spotty Dog Books & Ale, in Hudson, NY, hosted a book signing on Saturday, June 22, 2013. The CAS Arts Center in Livingston Manor in the Catskills hosted a slide talk and book signing on Friday, July 5 (the Friday of 4th of July Weekend), 2013. The Battery Park City Parks Conservancy hosted an illustrated talk, book signing, and tree walk on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 6 River Terrace in Battery Park City.

The official publication date of New York City of Trees was April 26, 2013. For a signed copy, call the Corner Bookstore in New York City at (212) 831-5465 or The Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson at (518) 671-6006.

Other articles about New York City of Trees included: Ian Frazier's Talk of the Town Piece, "Tree Person", in the March 4. 2013 New Yorker; Sam Roberts's mention of the book in his April 5, 2013 New York Times book column, Cabinet's feature of three spreads from the book in its No. 48--"Trees" issue; and the Wall Street Journal's fantastic Photo Op review of the book on March 20, 2013..

Margot Adler of NPR described our tour of trees in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan in a wonderful All Things Considered piece on April 30, 2013.

Some excellent multimedia and blog descriptions include: Margot Guralnick's "Required Reading" on, as well as pieces in New York, New Dimensions, BozAround, Eighteen39, Cool Hunting, the Anne Fontaine Foundation, Cassandra Daily, and Curbed.