Thor Swift will serve as the Lab’s new lead photographer, working in IT’s Creative Services Office. He replaces Marilyn Chung, who has taken a new position as multimedia producer in Strategic Communications. Email Swift at [email protected] or call x4020. Below is a brief bio of Swift:
Swift began his photography career while attending Moorpark College and later CSU Fresno, where he earned a degree in journalism (with an emphasis on photojournalism). Along the way he interned at the Gilroy Dispatch, Milwaukee Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.
During his college years he won many awards from the National Press Photographers Association, California Intercollegiate Press Association, and the Journalism Association of Community Colleges. He was selected to attend the Eddie Adams Workshop, and was one of the top 10 recipients of the nationwide Hearst Journalism Awards for photojournalism.
Upon graduation he moved to Prague to work as a photo editor for an English-language newspaper. He returned to Fresno to work for the Fresno Bee and the Associated Press in California’s Central Valley. He worked on several long-term projects documenting the lives of the rural poor in the San Joaquin Valley, and the Hmong and Laotian refugees who resettled in the Fresno area.
In 1997 he moved to San Francisco to work for the San Francisco Chronicle while freelancing for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the (London) Guardian as well as many business- and technology-related magazines. As the newspaper industry began downsizing, he began working directly for companies, such as the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, Tatcha, and Shutterfly, using his skills as a photojournalist to visually tell their stories.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, he is the proud father of twins, one of whom is a student at UC Santa Cruz studying video game design and computer programming, and the other a political science major at UC Davis.