Lexey Swall (b. 1977) grew up in Bakersfield, Calif., an oil and agriculture town at the bottom of the San Joaquin Valley known for country music and dust storms. Her dad was a house painter and her mom worked a variety of jobs to make ends meet. Lexey studied photojournalism and women’s studies at San Jose State University, graduating in 2002. She also received an Associate of Arts degree in journalism from Bakersfield College in 1999. Lexey was accepted to the 2001 Eddie Adams Workshop and was a finalist for the 2001 William Randolph Hearst National College Journalism Competition. She has garnered awards from POYi and NPPA Best of Photojournalism competitions, including an honorable mention for the 2006 Photographer of the Year (small markets) in BOP. After college, Lexey worked for nearly 10 years as a photojournalist at the Naples (Fla.) Daily News. The experience taught her how important trust is when covering a small community. She learned to be an ambassador to the craft of photojournalism and to make the very best out of every assignment. She left the newspaper in the Summer of 2012 to form GRAIN, a photography collective, with Greg Kahn and Tristan Spinski. She now lives in Washington, D.C. with her best friend and partner, Greg Kahn, and their two cats, Kodak and Bear.
The 239 is a place where artists are chasing the hip hop dream through microphones in closets and judging success through YouTube hits. Motivations are plenty — money, a way out of the hood, therapy, communication, artistic collaboration. In Naples and Fort Myers, Fla., an underground community of emcees, producers, [...]Read more ›
Every year, thousands of Haitians flock to Ville-Bonheur in Haiti for the July 16 feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. According to legend, the Virgin Mary showed herself in the mid-1800s on a tree near the waterfall. Every year since, Haitians make the pilgrimage to the waterfall to be [...]Read more ›
River Park is the historically black neighborhood of Naples, Fla. It was the first area of town — then considered the outskirts — where the black population was allowed to buy property in the 1960′s. Now, the area is nearly in the center of Naples, causing the property values to [...]Read more ›