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Lexey Swall  American documentary photographer. Co-Founder of GRAIN photography collective. @grainimages.


Regram from @jasonwlancaster: On stands now in @washingtonianmag, my portrait of Alexis K. Miller to accompany her heartbreaking and powerful personal story. Thank you to @annamarinaaa for this shoot and to Alexis for her courage. @grainimages

On Thursday, I photographed Bekah Hinojosa, 26, who came from Weslaco, Tx., near Brownsville, to participate in the People's Climate March taking place today in Washington, D.C. On @theintercept now, "Her community is under threat of being hit by both Trump’s obsession with border security and his push to expand the fossil fuel industry." @grainimages #peoplesclimatemarch #climatemarch #climate #resist #dc

This might be one of the strangest/most fun assignments I've had in a while. "All Dolled Up" for BET.com featured Caprea Wingate, a 22-year-old ventriloquist doll maker. The idea for the assignment was to create a day-in-the-life with Caprea and her "friends" a la Lars and the Real Girl. Thanks to @alexisarenasmakeupartist and @schlectman_aimee for their awesome make up and prop styling skills. Caprea is super talented, but I could never live with these dolls in my house. 🤡 @grainimages #ventriloquistdolls #dollmaker #ventriloquist #bet

Another image of artist @sheldonascott at Sixth & I in DC for @cm_dc. Scott's work "plays in the intersection of Race, Sexuality and Economics, while impugning mythologies of Black Male supernaturality." #creativemorningsdc #damncreative #dc

I had the privilege of meeting and photographing artist @sheldonascott last Friday for @cm_dc. Over the past couple of years I've had the opportunity to meet so many great creatives in DC through this monthly meet up. If you haven't been, you should definitely go. #creativemorningsdc #damncreative #dc

Also on my list of interesting DC assignments: I photographed Scott Dworkin, co-founder of the group Democratic Coalition Against Trump. For the past several months Dworkin has devoted his time to beating the drum and investigating the connection between Trump and Russia. He lives his life with caution, stating he has received threats because of his inquiries and probes about Russia. @grainimages #washingtondc #dc #politics #trump #russia

Working in DC in the current political climate is super interesting - allowing for the opportunity to meet and photograph people with influential and often controversial viewpoints. Here, I photographed political scientist and philosopher Jason Brennan for Der Spiegel. Brennan wrote a book called Against Democracy which presents the idea that only the knowledgeable or educated should have the right to vote. @grainimages #democracy #dc #politics

I recently photographed Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society, for the New York Times. Leo, not widely known by the general public but has enormous conservative clout in Washington, is essentially responsible for ushering in about a third of the Supreme Court: John Roberts, Samuel Alito and now Neil Gorsuch. @grainimages #leonardleo #scotus #washingtondc

Not creepy at all. #easter #target #dc

Good Friday procession in Mt. Pleasant. I love my neighborhood. ❤️ #dc #mtpleasantdc

I don't spend a lot of time on Capitol Hill, but last week I had the opportunity to spend a day capturing the energy taking place in Washington for #dsweekblad, the weekly magazine in the Belgian newspaper, @destandaard. Here are a few of those images. If you want to follow the Hill on a regular basis from a photographer who is absolutely crushing it, follow the talented @gdemczuk. Her pictures and insights are thoughtful and compelling. #capitolhill #dc #onassignment @grainimages

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