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Noelle Swan is a photo based documentary photographer, incorporating both still and video images in her visual storytelling. In 2010 Noelle was a Critical Mass finalist for Life After Death, a body of work documenting the tragic effects of her sister’s murder. In 2011 Noelle was nominated for the Santa Fe Prize in Photography for Right Now, This Is The Way It Is, a fine art series documenting insignificant yet poignant moments in teenager’s lives, and was invited to attend Review Santa Fe in 2012. Noelle’s work has been exhibited both in the states and abroad and has been published in magazines and newspapers worldwide. Noelle is a founding member of SIX SHOOTERS, a group of six female photographers engaged in a daily photographic dialogue, and is currently writing a memoir.

Noelle is a native Angeleno and currently lives in Joshua Tree, CA.



The Easiest Season, Curator’s Voice, Exhibition Catalog, 2013
Lensculture, Foto Fest Paris, Catalogue, 2013
Magic of Light Exhibition Catalog, Vermont Photo Place, 2013
Lensculture, Foto Fest Paris, Catalogue 2012
Santa Monica, Crussel Fine Arts Book, 2010
I Spy With My Plastic Eye II Exhibition Catalog, 2010
Krappy Kamera XII, Exhibition Catalog, 2010
I Spy With My Plastic Eye Exhibition Catalog, 2009
Hi-Quality Lo-Fi Photography, Rayko Publications, 2009


What Will You Remember, May 2020
UCLA Magazine, August 2017
Brigitte Wir Magazine, July 2017
UCLA Magazine, June, 2017
UCLA Magazine, January, 2017
Stern Magazine, Crime Issue, April 2016
Los Angeles Conservancy, “Double Indemnity” Self Guided Movie Location Tour, 2016
Boys Town Annual Report, September 2015
West Hollywood City Guide, Soho House, 2015
Sacramento Bee, July 27, 2015
Sacramento Bee, July 18, 2015
Sacramento Bee, July 15, 2015
Lenscratch, January 2015
fototazo: Yumi Goto Selects, December 2013
Daily Mail UK, December 2013
Feature Shoot, December 2013
New Mexico Magazine, October 2013
Delta Sky Magazine, September 2013
New Mexico Magazine, September, 2013
PDN, Emerging Photographer, May 2013
Fraction Annual Print Sale, December 2012
Times Quotidian, October 2012
Fraction Magazine Japan Issue 6, September 2012
Lenscratch, August 2012
Photolucida Blog, June 2012
Let The Kids Dress Themselves, April 2012
f-stop Magazine, Issue #52
Lenscratch, March 2012
Lenscratch, January 2011
Terra Bella Media, “The Family”, Contest 2011, February 2011*
Fraction Annual Print Sale, December 2010
Blur Magazine, Issue 20
Fraction Magazine, Issue 12
Lenscratch, February 2010
Film Wasters, February 2010
The Storialist, July 2010
Light Leaks Magazine, Issue 14
f-stop Magazine, June 2009
New York Times, Polling Place Project: A Citizen Journalism Initiative
Light Leaks Magazine, Issue 10

Solo Exhibitions

Right Now, This Is The Way It Is, C4FAP, Curator Melissa Dewitt, December 2013
Right Now, This Is The Way It Is, Lishui Photo Festival, Lishui, China, 2011
The Edge of Innocence, Deborah Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, 2009
Blue Tub, Venice, California, 2006

Group Exhibitions


Family, SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC, Juror: Aline Smithson


Disruption! Art and the Prison Industrial Complex, Pitzer College, Pitzer, CA, Curator: Annie Buckley


At Home, Don’t Take Pictures
Age of Abundance, Fraction Magazine On-Line Exhibition, Curator: Reathel Geary


Open Show, Six Shooters, Venice, CA


The Easiest Season, Curator’s Voice, APA San Francisco, Rayko Gallery, Juror: Ann Jastrab *
Emerging Artist Auction, Daniel Cooney Fine Art Gallery, Curator: Daniel Cooney
Smile, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, Texas Juror: Susan Barnett
The Magic of Light, Photo Place Gallery, Juror: Aline Smithson, Middlebury, Vermont
Portfolio Showcase Vol. 6, C4FAP, Juror: Melissa Dewitt, Fort Collins, CO *
American Life, ShijiaZhuang Art Museum, China, Curator: Yan Li


The Next L.A. Emerging Artists, Perfect Exposure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
It’s Personal, Julia Dean Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
SIX SHOOTERS, Artist in Residence Exhibition, Seaver Gallery of Marlborough School, Los Angeles, CA
Looking at Ourselves: Portraits featured on Lenscratch, Guate Photo Festival, Guatemala City, Curator: Aline Smithson


Multiple Exposures, Wall Space Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, Curator: Crista Dix
Picture Society Inaugural Show, Space Gallery, Denver, Colorado, Curator: Sarah LaVigne
Blur Photo 011, Exhibition of International Creative Photography, Zagreb, Croatia, June 2011
I Spy with My Plastic Eye 2, MOPLA, Santa Monica, Ca, April 2011
Summertime, Duncan Miller Projects, Santa Monica, CA, Curator: Dan Miller
4th Annual Juried Toy Camera Show, Rayko Gallery, San Francisco, CA, March 2011, Juror: Ann Jastrab

(Por)trait Revealed, Rayko Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Juror: Ann Jastrab
I Spy With My Plastic Eye/MOPLA, 5th and Sunset Studios, Los Angeles, CA
3rd Annual Juried Plastic Camera Show, Rayko Gallery, San Francisco, California
*Honorable Mention
Collectible, Terra Firma, Wallspace Gallery, Seattle WA, Curator: Crista Dix
12th Annual Juried Krappy Kamera Competition Exhibition, Soho Photo Gallery,
New York, NY


Photomedia Center’s Juried Holga 3 show,
I Spy With My Plastic Eye Show, A&I Photo Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Save Our Cemeteries Juried Exhibition, Cemeteryscape, New Orleans, Louisiana
A Million Little Pictures, Atlanta, GA & San Francisco, California
2rd Annual Juried Plastic Camera Show, Rayko Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Toy Stories, The New Orleans Photo Alliance Juried Exhibition, New Orleans, LA


1st Annual Show Off, The Julia Dean Gallery, Juried Competition Exhibition, Venice, CA
4th Annual Alternative Photography Juried Competition Exhibition, The Julia Dean Gallery, Venice, CA
Millions Taken Daily, The University of Maine Museum Gallery of Art, Bangor Maine
Grand Group Opening, The Cotillion Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


8th Annual Juried Competition Exhibition, Upstream People Gallery
Projeck30 Gallery
Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA

Significant Achievements and Education

Finalist, Critical Mass, 2010
Nominee, Santa Fe Prize, 2011
Review Santa Fe, 2012
Missouri Photo Workshop 66, 2014
Mountain Workshop, Kentucky, 2014
Kalish Workshop, 2015
Momenta Documentary | Non-Proft Workshop, San Francisco, 2015

*Honorable Mention, Curator’s Voice, The Easiest Season, APA SF, Rayko Gallery
*Awarded Solo Show, Portfolio Showcase Vol. 6, C4FAP, 2013
*Merit Winner, Terra Bella Media 2011, “The Family”
*Honorable Mention, Rayko Gallery, 3rd Annual Juried Plastic Camera Show