The Photographic Image Gallery


Curator Guy Swanson

My entire photographic career lasted from the age of 11, when I won my first Kodak by selling magazines, until the age of 18. During that time, as yearbook photographer for my small high school, I had unlimited access to the darkroom and supplies, and developed a fascination with the whole photographic process. Watching an image emerge on paper was the ultimate high. College and living life put photography on a back burner for several decades.

In 1984, after many years in the corporate world, I took the plunge and made a 180 career change back into the art world. I've been advising clients on art investments and acting as a liaison between artists and collectors ever since. Even though I don't seriously photograph any more, I recognize the internal passion that drives those who use it as a creative means of expression.

My years in corporate management, however, have given me an insight into what it takes to bring vision to the public. I have been an official reviewer at events such as FotoFest, Society for Photographic Education, and Photo Americas, working with new artists who have the vision to create change and the passion to succeed.

In working with beginning collectors, I use this experience to help them understand just how the art market works.

Art, in the viewer, should bring a new way of seeing to their lives. For the artist, it is a way of surfacing new ideas from internal dialogue. My personal goal is to facilitate this collaboration.

Career Summary

Owner-Director of Photographic Image Gallery in Portland, Oregon 1984-2007

Portfolio Reviews
Portfolio Reviewing at Fotofest, 1992-2001
Portfolio Reviewing at Society for Photographic Education, 1999-2001
Portfolio Reviewing at Review Santa Fe, 1999
Portfolio Reviewing at Fotofest
Portfolio Reviewing at Photo Americas Tulsa, 1997
Portfolio Reviewing at Photo Americas Portland, 2000,2001
Portfolio Reviewing at FotoRevu, Seattle Art Museum 1998
Premier Salon de Fotografia, Havana Cuba, July 1996
Oregon State Fair Student Youth Photography Exhibit Judge 2008
Foto Revue, Photographic Center Northwest February 2009


Publications interviews
Business Journal “Business is Developing Nicely...” 1986
Business Journal “Fine Art Investment takes...........” 1992
Willamette Week “Photography in Portland”........... 1987

Talks, classes and Seminars
Metropolitan Business Association luncheon speaker
Portland Oregon Visitors Association member program
Bainbridge Island Arts Group-Photography Collecting
Photo Media Exposition & Trade Show-Panel Discussion
Portland Community College-Collecting Photography (4 weeks)
Photo Americas Photo-Collecting 101
Art Expo NYC, Javitz Convention Center-Collecting Fine Art Photography.
Photographic Image Gallery –Building your Portfolio
Society for Photographic Education-Regional Seminar for Artists
November 19, 2006 Boston, Mass. panelist with Howard Bond
Spring 2006 Portland Community College "So You Want to be an Artist"
January 1006 Newspace, Portland Portfolio Review and presentation with Cherie Hiser
2006-8 Portland Community College "Marketing yourself as a Fine Art Photographer"

Charter Member-Portland Oregon Visitors Association
Founding Board Member-Photo Americas (now Photo Lucida) Portland
Board Member, Portland Art Museum Photography Council
Docent Program trainee, Portland Art Museum
Volunteer, Northwest Documentary

Portland Community College-First Thursday Gallery Tours
Photo Council, Portland Art Museum monthly Gallery tours
"Escape to New York" Gallery and Museum tours, NYC

Portland Art Museum

For five years I served as a docent at the Portland Art Museum, guiding and educating groups through the different exhibits in the Museum