Dick Swanson is an award-winning photojournalist, whose career spans some 35 years, and whose work has brought him to about 40 countries.
He was a Life Magazine photographer in Vietnam and Washington, DC, and he has covered events in Asia, Central America, Europe, the Eastern Bloc countries, the Caribbean, the Middle East and South Africa.
In the summer of 1973, Swanson photographed daily life in Philadelphia for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Documerica project.
Swanson captured scenes from the city center and the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the row houses of the suburbs to the junk yards, and we are featuring a selection of this project here.
17th Street, Between H And I Streets, NW
Play Area Of A Housing Project In North Philadelphia
Jobless In North Philadelphia. (Man standing at right Is Gerald “Heat Wave” Jones, who works for “the Network.”)
Street Gang Members
A Man Sits Silently On A Stoop Of An Abandoned North Philadelphia House
Boy In Back Alley In North Philadelphia
A Member Of A Street Gang In North Philadelphia
Black Neighborhood In North Philadelphia
Tree Grows In Philadelphia Junkyard
Stacked Cars In City Junkyard Will Be Used For Scrap
On Camera In A City Park
Mounted Policeman On Busy Downtown Thoroughfare
Row Houses In North Philadelphia
Housing Project In North Philadelphia
Railroad Switching Yards Just West Of Center City, Along The Schuykill Expressway
Schuykill Expressway (I-676) Speeds Traffic Between Center City And The Northern And Western Suburbs
Walt Whitman Bridge Crosses The Delaware River At South Philadelphia, Leads To New Jersey Suburbs
The Art Of Cooling Off Is Enthusiastically Pursued In The Fountains Of The Philadelphia Museum Of Art
From The Steps Of The Philadelphia Museum Of Art – Looking Down Benjamin Franklin Parkway Toward City Hall And Center City
On The Steps Of The Philadelphia Museum Of Art
Cooling Off In One Of The Fountains Around The Philadelphia Museum Of Art
John F. Kennedy Plaza In Center City
Crossing The Painted Road Which Extends East From The Philadelphia Museum Of Art
View North From Swanson And Catherine Streets
Fountains Surrounding Philadelphia Museum Of Art Are Especially Popular In A Heat Wave