With a passion for innovation and communication Julia Swanson is a Boston based photographer, writer and multimedia artist who creates dynamic visual, written and multimedia content. 

By using traditional and non-traditional photographic processes Julia creates dynamic documentary and abstract images that explore and engage the world around her. A storyteller at heart she believes it is by creating work that is vibrant, observational, reflective and always evolving that she can challenge preconceptions, reflect on adversity as a catalyst for inspiration, and encourage people to open new dialogues and explore the world on their own terms.

Published both in print and online her photography and writing has been featured in The Somerville Journal, The Boston Globe, Hollywood Life, Artscope and SciArt Magazine, and she was also the creator, producer and editor of the culture and innovation blog Four Letter Word.  As a photographer and multimedia artist she has received multiple Honorary International Photography Awards and was the winner of the Karl Lagerfeld-Dom Pérignon ‘A Bottle Named Desire’ Photography Competition in 2006 for her series of digital images titled “Dom Pérignon Abstracts.”

With a Bachelors Degree in Spanish from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a Certificate in photography from the New England School of Photography, and a Masters degree in journalism from Northeastern University. Julia currently works as an educator and freelancer and continues to produce photography and multimedia content. Information about commissions is available upon request.  

Image:From Project “   INBOUND/OUTBOUND   ” Snow falling on Downtown Crossing © Julia Swanson

Image:From Project “INBOUND/OUTBOUND” Snow falling on Downtown Crossing © Julia Swanson



2014 - Martinis and Masterpieces at SoWa. Boston, MA - Group Show

2010 - Rendevous. Central Square. Cambridge, MA - Traveling Spain - Solo Show

2009 - Martinis and Masterpieces On the Green Monster. Boston, MA - Group Showcase 

2008 - New England School of Photography. Boston, MA - Dom Pérignon Abstracts - Alumni Showcase

2006 - Maison de Dom Pérignon - Epernay, France - Dom Pérignon Abstracts - Solo Show

2006 - Torrefazione - Newbury Street, Boston, MA. - Fruit Abstracts - Solo Show

2006 - International Center for Photography. New York, NY - Dom Perignon-Karl Lagerfeld ‘A Bottle Named Desire’ - Dom Pérignon Abstracts - Group Exhibition. 

2006 - St. George Gallery - Boston, MA. - Dom Pérignon Abstracts - Dom Pérignon Group Showcase



2014 - Honorary International Photography Award - Editorial - The Decentralized Dance Party, Boston.

2010 - Honorary International Photography Award - Fine Art, Landscape. Walking Down the Road to Nowhere.

2010 - Honorary International Photography Award - Fine Art Portrait - Autoretratto

2010 - Honorary International Photography Award - Self Portrait - Autorettrato

2006 - Honorary International Photography Award - Advertising - Dom Pérignon Abstracts

2006 - Honorary International Photography Award - Digital Enhancement - Fruit Abstracts

2006 - Winner of the Dom Perígnon - Karl Lager- feld “A Bottle Named Desire” Photography Competition - Dom Pérignon Abstracts



A Bottle Named Desire?” Artscope Magazine. Summer Edition. May 2006

Maximum Luxury” Hollywood Life. The Annual Luxury Issue. November/December 2006

What’s in A Bottle Named Desire?” The Daily Scene. Fashion Week Daily. June 2006


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