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


Last week I photographed the artist @superwaxx for @cm_dc during their 5 year birthday party. It was fun to walk around the @hirshhorn searching for a place to make a a portrait. @superwaxx is a fantastic artist who got her start in DC and just relocated to Los Angeles. #dc #morethanjustpolitics #artist #supportthearts

Fog nestles between mountain ranges seen from the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area in West Virginia. Shot on assignment for The Nature Conservancy. West Virginia is gorgeous. So lucky I was able to experience it through the eyes of @wheatley_wv who grew up there and appreciates the area for all it is and could be. 🙏🏼

Recently, I had the privilege of working with The Nature Conservancy on their annual report to help illustrate work they are doing in West Virginia to tackle climate change. I went to former surface mining areas that are flourishing after being reclaimed and preserved to become the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area. And I visited a former mountaintop mine being used by the Coalfield Development Corporation to test potential reuse options, like raising livestock - a partnership spearheaded by TNC’s Beth Wheatley, @wheatley_wv. Thanks to @billmarr for the opportunity and to @wheatley_wv for helping entertain my baby girl while I made pictures. 💚

Currently on Der Spiegel Online, a series of portraits I shot at the March For Our Lives today in Washington, D.C. I’m so impressed with these six teenagers from around the country who came to show their support for and articulate why gun legislation is important to them.
1. Lamont Hall, 17, Pocomoke, Md.
2. Olivia Dotson, 17, Des Moines, Iowa
3. Angela Pierre-Louis, 18, Providence, R.I., and Miss Black USA Talented Teen.
4. Bodhi Scott, 15, Austin, Tex.
5. Cyanne John-McClean, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
6. Rory McCarthy, 18, Annapolis, Md.
#marchforourlives #guncontrol #washingtondc

I’ve been trying to think of what to post for International Women’s Day. I’ve been lucky enough to photograph many astounding women who have made contributions large and small. I came across these portraits I made of four members of the group MOMS (Mothers of Murdered Sons & Daughter’s United), an advocacy group that helps families that have been victimized and lost children to violence. Each of these women has lost a child - something I honestly don’t know if I would survive - and have turned their pain into action in honor of their sons.
1. Burnett McFadden lost three of her four sons - Reginald, Randolph and Linton McFadden - in Baltimore, Md., in a span of three months in 2005.
2. Cynthia Bruce's son, Marcus Downer, was shot and killed in 2015. His killer was never caught.
3. Darlene R. Johnson's son, DeSean Lucas McKoy, 24, was shot and killed in April 2016. His killer has not been found.
4. Daphne Alston is the co-founder of MOMS. Her son Tariq Alston, 22, was shot and killed in 2009.

Lily Ross, 7, visits Cody Nite Rodeo, a nightly rodeo, in Cody, Wyoming, 2015. Cody, Wyoming is named after Buffalo Bill Cody for his contribution to the founding of the original town.

“Jug” Lowell, 75, dressed as Buffalo Bill Cody and his wife, Carol, dressed as Annie Oakley in Denver, Colo., 2016. Lowell, from Green River, Wy., has been impersonating Buffalo Bill for more than 15 years.

My Uncle, Cody William Swall, named in honor of our ancestor Buffalo Bill Cody (given name: William F. Cody). Carson City, Nevada, 2016.

Nebraska, 2016

UPDATE to a story I previously posted about Demetrius Smith - see in feed below. A judge tossed out his Alford Plea (“Alford pleas allow defendants to assert their innocence while accepting convictions in exchange for reduced sentences”) and rebuked the prosecutor after reading ProPublica’s original story. In a time when most news feels like bad news, this gives me some hope that journalism still works. This series on wrongful convictions by Megan Rose at ProPublica is important and inspiring. #wrongfulconvictions #justice

I photographed @pandaheadmorgan, founder of @acreativedc, inside @sunscinema for the current Favorite Places issue of @washingtonianmag. If you’re in DC and don’t know Suns Cinema, definitely check it out. It’s an eclectic 25-seat theater in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood that shows old movies and has a great little bar. Thanks to @annamarinaaa for this gig! 🙌🏼 Makes me miss my old neighborhood sooooo much. Sigh.

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