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John Swannell lectures

If you would like John to give a talk at your society or function, please contact us at The talk follows John”s career from his very early days as an assistant to the present day and is very informal and humorous.

HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee

Monday 6th February 2012 saw the worldwide publication of John’s photograph commissioned by Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s accession to the throne.

Lecture in Winchester, March 2012

John is talking at a meeting of Winchester Photographic Society at the Winchester Discovery Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday 13th March. Tickets are available from

National Autistic Society lecture, Febuary 2012

John is giving a talk at the Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution in North London on Thursday 23rd February supporting the NAS Transforming Lives Project. Tickets are available online from or in person from Le Chocolatier at 78 Highgate High Street, London N6

Theatrical promotions

Over the last couple of years, John has been commissioned for an increasing number of advertising and promotional shoots for a wide range of theatrical productions. These include Calendar Girls, Oliver (with Rowan Atkinson), numerous and varied images for the Theatre By The Lake in Cumbria, and for the Theatre Royal Bath – Hedda Gabler(…)

John Swannell & Sir Roy Strong

On 27 October 2011 at 7pm, in the Ondaatje Wing Theatre at The National Portrait Gallery, John will be in conversation with Sir Roy Strong, discussing the process of photographic portraiture, the relationship between artist and sitter and more. Tickets are £5 and available to book now on the NPG website.

National Autistic Society lecture

On June 7th John is presenting his second lecture at the Royal Geographic Society in Kensington. All proceeds will go to the National Autistic Society. To book tickets go to

New Swannell nudes

In February 2011 Clarendon Fine Art in Mayfair hosted a new collection of extraordinary nudes that John has been working on over the last two years.

National Portrait Gallery

John has been given a dedicated space at the gallery to exhibit a selection of his portraits. The pictures are on show from 22nd April until 31st December 2011 in Room 38a

Highgate Cemetery

A book of photographs that John has taken in Highgate Cemetery over the last ten years was published in 2010 in collaboration with The Friends of Highgate Cemetery.


In October 2010 John presented his first hands-on workshop with Irish Eyes, Liam Ramsell’s innovative photographic training courses set in a beautiful countryside location on the outskirts of Cork.

HRH The Princess Royal

John photographed Princess Anne for her official portrait celebrating her 60th birthday, having previously been commissioned for her 40th and 50th birthdays.

Tony Blair

Having already photographed Cherie and Tony Blair and their family in the last few years, John was commissioned for both the covers of Cherie’s book “Speaking For Myself: The Autobiography” and of Tony Blair’s autobiography “A Journey” released this year.

Lectures and presentations

John has been giving lectures over the last few years throughout Britain at various art centres and universities, the most prestigious being at The Royal Geographic Society in Kensington in 2008 which was in aid of the Photovoice charity.