Eric Minh Swenson

Eric Minh Swenson (born 1971) is an American photographer, photojournalist and filmmaker, born in Honolulu, Hawaii,[1] who focuses on Southern California artists and their art.

Since 2011 he has created over 400 short films which document artists and their processes, as well as gallery and museum exhibitions.[2] Subjects have included Chris Burden, Peter Shire, Cheech Marin, Lisa Adams, Gisela Colón and Don Bachardy.[3] In 2016, he filmed Las Vegas sexologist and curator Laura Henkel's daylong art exhibit, "12 Inches of Sin V."[4] His work is considered to be the most extensive documentation of the Southern California art scene to date.[5]

Swenson has written, directed and produced four feature length narrative films and a documentary, Mana.[6] Mana was shot on Hawaii's Big Island and explores how the ocean and family affect the lives of ten Southern California male artists.[7] The filming concluded with an exhibition at Gallery MELD on Pawai Place in Kailua-Kona. Mana has screened at film festivals,[8][9] museums,[10][11] and internationally.[12]

In addition to his films, mini-documentaries, and photography, Swenson has curated art shows that focus on California artists, "EMS Sex" at 2014 Photo Independent art fair[13] and in spring of 2015 "EMS Nude Survey One" at Jamie Brooks Fine Art, "an eclectic exhibition of sculpture, painting, drawings and photography... removes its overt sexism."[14] To celebrate "EMS Nude Survey Two," Swenson staged a party feature live nude drawing and painting by established plein air painter Alex Schaefer.[15]


  1. Wyman, Chris. "PRO PORTRAIT: Photographer and Videographer Eric Minh Swenson. Capturing the art of creating art.". Get the Five. Five Thot. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  2. Derrick, Lisa. "EMS Nude Survey 1 Opens April 3 at Jamie Brooks Fine Arts". Cartwheelart. Cartwheel Art. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  3. "Take1 Art Series". Thuvanarts. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  4. "TWELVE INCHES OF SIN V". Vimeo. Retrieved 2016-07-10.
  5. Derrick, Lisa. "user FDL Movie Night: Eric Minh Swenson". Firedoglake. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  6. "Eric Minh Swenson". IMDB. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  7. Lucas-Zenk, Carolyn. "Documentary on S. California artists being filmed on Big Isle". West Hawaii Today. Oahu Publications. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  8. "2014 Documentaries". SPIFF. San Pedro International Film Festival. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  9. Lucas-Zenk, Carolyn. "Documentary on S. California artists being filmed on Big Isle". West Hawaii Today. Oahu Publications. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  10. "Laguna Art Museum Screens MANA Movie Today at 10:00am". South OCBeaches. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  11. "Print MOAH and The BLVD Cinemas Screen the California Premier of MANA: A Film Produced by MOAH Curator Andi Campognone". City of Lancaster. City of Lancaster. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  12. "Mana in Naples". Bakeca. Bakaeca. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  13. Derrick, Lisa. "Bound to Do It: Curating Erotic and Fetish Photos". Huffington Post. Huffington Post. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  14. Barton, Dave. "'NUDE SURVEY ONE' Features Live, Nude Discourse". OC Weekly. Village Voice Media. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  15. Cocksedge, Frances. "Live! Nude! Paint!". Artillery. Artillery Magazine. Retrieved 11 July 2015.

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