Deb Schwedhelm  |  based in Zushi, Japan
Email: deb@debschwedhelm.com
You can also find me on Instagram and Facebook.

Images on this site are available for purchase, exhibitions and licensing.
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BIOGRAPHY

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Deb Schwedhelm was originally trained as Registered Nurse and subsequently spent 10 years employed as an Air Force Nurse. Although she has been passionate about photography since her early 20s, it wasn't until Deb left the military that she was finally able to pursue the medium as a full time career.

Deb's photographs have been exhibited widely and featured in numerous publications throughout the world. She has received awards from PhotoNOLA, New Orleans, LA; MPLS Photo Center, Minneapolis, MN; The Perfect Exposures Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; A. Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX; Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Santa Fe, NM; and The Art of Photography Show, San Diego, CA. Deb was named one of the Top 50 in Critical Mass, 2013. Her photographs have also been selected for the permanent collection of The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO.

Deb is married to a Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer based in Zushi, Japan. She is the mother to three children, who are often the subjects of her photographs.
 

CURRICULUM VITAE

Accolades
SECOND PLACE, World Photography Network, Richmond, TX, 2016
HONORABLE MENTION, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, 2016
SECOND PLACE, LA Photo Curator, Los Angeles, CA, 2016
FIRST PLACE, Regional Photo Festival, Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC, 2016
THIRD PLACE, 28th Annual Members’ Only Show, Texas Photographic Society, 2015
2015 COLLECTORS' PRINT PROGRAM PARTICIPANT, Texas Photographic Society
HONORABLE MENTION, The Visual Narrative, MPLS Photo Center, 2014
HONORABLE MENTION, Portraits 2014, The Center for Fine Art Photography
JUROR'S AWARD, July, A. Smith Gallery, 2013
FIRST PRIZE, PhotoNOLA Review, 2013
TOP 50, Critical Mass 2013
HONORABLE MENTION, Center Forward 2013, The Center for Fine Art Photography
HONORABLE MENTION, Faces, A. Smith Gallery, 2013
JUROR'S AWARD, July, A. Smith Gallery, 2013
SELECTED FOR PERMANENT COLLECTION, The Center for Fine Art Photography (x2), Fort Collins, CO, 2013
SECOND PLACE, Home: Where We Live, MPLS Photo Center, 2013
HONORABLE MENTION, Picture This: What We Photograph, MPLS Photo Center, 2013
HONORABLE MENTION, Outside, Sante Fe Photographic Workshops, 2012
SECOND PLACE, Enchantment, Plates to Pixels, 2012
THIRD PRIZE, Perfect Exposures, The Perfect Exposures Gallery, 2012
JUROR'S AWARD, Play, A. Smith Gallery, 2012
HONORABLE MENTION, Play, A. Smith Gallery, 2012
DIRECTOR'S AWARD, Portraits, The Center for Fine Art Photography, 2012
HONORABLE MENTION, Portraits, The Center for Fine Art Photography, 2011
HONORABLE MENTION, Summer, Santa Fe Photographic Workshop, 2011

Solo Exhibitions
From the Sea & Home Away, RED Galerie, Stuttgart, Germany, July 2016
From the Sea, Smith & Lens Gallery, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, February 2016
From the Sea, Baum Gallery, Conway, Arkansas, January 2014
From the Sea, The Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, Virginia, September 2013
Online Featured Artist Exhibition, Verve Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, November 2013
From the Sea, New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 2013

Juried Group Exhibitions
2016
Portal, SE Center for Photography, Juror: Lori Vrba
Wonders of Water, World Photography Network
29th Annual Members' Only Show, Texas Photographic Society, Juror: Reid Callanan
4th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, Curator: Julio Hardy
Fishing for Iconography 2 (x2), A Smith Gallery, Juror: Amanda Smith & Kevin Tully
Black + White 2016, Center for Fine Art Photography, Juror: Rodney Smith
Childhood, A Smith Gallery, Juror: Tom Chambers
2016 Open Juried Exhibition, Vermont Center for Photography, Juror: Paula Tognarelli
Intimate Alchemy, Plates-to_Pixel, Juror: Blue Mitchel
Black and White: 2016, Black Box Gallery, Juror: Todd Johnson
Storytelling, LA Photo Curator, Juror: Carolyn Hampton

2015
Stories & Secrets, Photoplace Gallery, Juror: Emma Powell
Simply (x2), The Center for Fine Art Photography, Juror: David Carol
28th Annual Members’ Only Show, Texas Photographic Society, Juror: Keith Carter
Black & White, Photoplace Gallery, Juror: Tillman Crane
Streit House Space, Summer 2015
Focal Point Q 2.15, Crusade for Art, Juror: Jennifer Schwartz
Water, A Smith Gallery, Juror: S Gayle Stevens
The Big Picture Colorado, Mr. Pool, Juror: Mark Sink
The Portrait (x2), Blackbox Gallery, Juror: Amy Arbus
Blue (x2), A Smith Gallery, Juror: Arthur Meyerson

2014
The Visual Narrative, MPLS Photo Center, Juror: Susan Burnstine
Black and White, Photoplace Gallery, Juror: Karen E. Haas
Portfolio Showcase Volume 7, The Center for Fine Art Photography
Portraits 2014, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Juror: Amy Arbus

2013
Shadows, A Smith Gallery, Juror: Tam Bone
Curiouser and Curiouser, Photoplace Gallery, Juror: Blue Mitchel
Center Forward 2013, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Juror: Hamidah Glasgow
Water!, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Juror: Wally Mason
Faces, A. Smith Gallery, Juror: Craig Barber
July (three selected), A. Smith Gallery, Juror: Christy Karpinski
Open Water, Kiernan Gallery, Juror: Jennifer Schwartz
Home: Where We Live, MPLS Photo Center, Juror: David Fraher
TPS 22: The International Competition, One year TX galleries tour, Juror: Blue Mitchel
International Portrait Exhibition, 12 12 Gallery, Juror: Stephen Perloff
The Magic of Light, Photoplace Gallery, Juror: Aline Smithson
Picture This: What We Photograph (two selected), MPLS Photo Center, Juror: Cig Harvey

2012
Outside, Sante Fe Photographic Workshops, Jurors: Amy Silverman, Debra Klomp Ching, Darren Ching, Eddie Soloway and Reid Challanan
Enchantment (three selected), Plates to Pixels, Juror: Blue MItchell
The Unreal (two selected), The Kiernan Gallery, Juror: Ken Rosenthal
New Images, Gallery Photographica, Juror: Rose Morasco
Spooky Show IV, Lightbox Photographic, Juror: Russell Joslin
Center Forward, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Juror: Ann Jastrab
Perfect Exposures, The Perfect Exposures Gallery
Portraits, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Jurors: Aline Smithson, Amber Terranova, Andrew Smith and Reid Callanan
Play (five selected), A. Smith Gallery, Juror: Angela Bacon Kidwell
Photoplace Open, Photoplace Gallery, Juror: Kyohei Abe
In Your Dreams, Photoplace Gallery, Juror: Susan Burnstine
Family Dynamics, The Kiernan Gallery, Juror: Henry Horenstein
The Four Seasons, Photoplace Gallery, Juror: David Middleton
Members Only Show, Texas Photographic Society, Juror: Henry Horenstein
Portraits (two selected), The Center for Fine Art Photography, Juror: Anna Walker Skillman

2011
Dreams, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Juror: Aline Smithson
Summer, Santa Fe Photographic Workshop
Summer Photo Show 2011 (two selected), The Lunchbox Gallery
Texas Photographic Society 20: The International Competition, A. Smith Gallery, Juror: Arno Rafael Minkinen
America (two selected), A. Smith Gallery, Juror: D. Clarke Evans
Black and White, The Vermont Photography Workplace, Juror: Dan Burkholder
Black and White (two selected), The Center for Fine Art Photography, Juror: Catherine Edelman
Home Is Where the Camera Is (two selected), The Vermont Photography Workplace, Juror: Julie Blackmon

2010
Wide Awake Dreaming, The Vermont Photography Workplace, Juror: Russel Joslin
Photos with Words, The Vermont Photography Workplace, Juror: Liz Lee
Texas Photographic Society 24th Annual Members' Only Show, Martin Museum, Jurors: Dr. Clark Baker, Susan Mullally & Susan Dunkerley Maguire
Nostalgia, Vermont Photography Workplace, Juror: Larissa Leclair
Uncommon Portraits, Vermont Photography Workplace, Juror: Cig Harvey
Childhood: An International Exhibition
Texas Photographic Society, Juror: Jaimie Lee Curtis

2009
Portraits (three selected), The Center For Fine Art Photography, Juror: Mary Ellen Mark
International Exhibition of Fine Art Photography, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Juror: Andy Adams
Show Off: The JDPW Annual Alumni Exhibit, Julia Dean Gallery
Hot New Pics (two selected), Center Gallery
The Art of Photography Show, Lyceum Theatre, Juror: Charlotte Cotton

Teaching
Deb Schwedhelm Photography Workshops and Mentoring, 2013 - Present
Illuminate Classes Online Teacher, 2016 - Present
Bloom Forum Online Teacher, 2013-2016
Wallflower Friends Retreat Teacher, 2010-2012
NAPCP Guest Speaker, 2011, Vail, CO

Books
WERKDRUCK, Gallerie Vevais, Germany, 2015 (available for purchase HERE)
Photographing Your Children: A Handbook of Style and Instruction, 2013
365 Gratefuls, 2012
Lensbaby: Bending Your Perspective, 2nd ed., 2012

Publications & Press
SHOTS, Issue 132, June 2016
SHOTS, Issue 131, March 2016
Musea Podcast Interview #83, November 2015
CNN Feature, September 2015
The Ones We Love, August 2015
Feature Shoot, June 2015
Lensculture, Feature, May 2015
Lenscratch, 2014
photofocus, Photographer of the Week, November 2013
Gente Di Fotografia, Numero 56, August 2013
Rangerfinder, July 2013
Babiekins Magazine, July 2013
Click Magazine, May 2013
athenna, Black and White Children Photography Feature, May 2013
PDN: Emerging Photographer, April 2013
One, One Thousand 2 Year Anniversary (Juror: Maggie Kennedy, one of four portfolios selected), January 2013
SHOTS Portfolio Issue, Winter 2012
Babiekins Magazine, November 2012
F-stop Magazine, November 2012
Society Magazine, September 2012
Refresh Magazine, September 2012
Let the Kids, Feature, July 2012
Lensbaby Interview, July 2012
The Foundation for Tomorrow Media Kit, 2012
TGen Today, November 2011
Sunset Life, October-December 2011
Lensbaby Interview, September 2011
Military Spouse Media Kit, 2008
Wall Street Journal, December 7, 2007
Snap Magazine, June - August 2007
Military Spouse Magazine, April, May & June 2007