OWNER · PHOTOGRAPHER · DIRECTOR · DP
40 years ago, a playful snap of the shutter at the Oregon Coast was the catalyst that ignited Marcus Swanson’s passion for photography. Today, that same adoration for creating stunning imagery is the driving force that keeps his award-winning, Portland-based Swanson Studio inspired.
With an illustrious career that has allowed him to call cities like New York and Tokyo home, Marcus has not only made a lasting mark on the sports photography industry — he’s helped shape it. Blending decades of experience, a passion for athletics, and a naturally inventive nature, the Oregon-born photographer has continued to evolve from stills to cinematography and the world of directing.
Whether looking through the lens at top-tier athletes or teaming up with Nike, Coca-Cola, Wieden + Kennedy, and Starbucks to champion a motion project, Marcus’ creative ethos remains the same: capture the moments that inspire the athlete in all of us to play, persevere, and perform in the pursuit of our dreams.
Graphis Photography Annual 2018 | Portraits | Gold
Graphis Photography Annual 2018 | Portraits | Silver
Graphis Photography Annual 2015 | Sports | Merit
One Eyeland Photography Awards 2012 | Bronze
Graphis Photography Annual 2009 | Sports | Gold
Graphis Photography Annual 2008 | Sports | Gold
Graphis Photography Annual 2008 | Sports | Silver
IPA 2006 | Editorial, Sports | 1st Place
IPA 2006 | Editorial, Sports | 2nd Place