John Swope1908-1979

Armand Hammer Museum of Art
Los Angeles, CA

$15,000 toward an exhibition on the photographer with accompanying catalogue and related public programs, organized by museum curator Carolyn Peter. Swope was a free-lance photograher for Life magazine in addition to being a prominent figure in Los Angeles’ art scene from the 1930s through the 1960s. Perhaps better known for his behind-the-scenes photography of 1930s Hollywood, Swope also created a body of work on location in Japan at the end of WWII, which poignantly documents the devastations of war with great sensitivity and humanity.