Erik Swain is a cinematographer based in New York that grew up a competitive surfer on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia.  At fourteen he discovered a collection of black and white photos taken by his father that instantly inspired him to take photos himself.  Combining his passion for surfing and with his new interest, Erik began shooting other surfers and less than two years later he had his first photo published in one of Australia's biggest surfing magazine.

     In 1998 Erik moved to New York City to study and work with some of the best fashion photographers in the business, including Bruce Weber, David Bailey, David Sims and Steven Klein.  After several years shooting fashion himself for magazines including Arena Homme +, Details and V, he discovered that his true love comes from the moving image and storytelling.  Therefor a progression to cinematography has been a natural and fulfilling one.

Exhibitions / Awards



International Fashion Film Awards, La Jolla - 2018

'She Walks In Beauty' - Official Selection


La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival, La Jolla - 2018

'She Walks In Beauty' - Official Selection


Blackstar Film Festival, Philadelphia - 2016

'Timbre of the Hour' - Official Selection


Museum of Modern Art, Carlos Merida - 2010

'Cliff Divers' - GuatePhoto Festival


New York Photo Festival, NY - 2009

Nomination in Editorial Single Image 

Nomination in Fine Art Image


Surface Avant Guardian - 2008

Changing of the Guard


Surface Avant Guardian - 2005



Space Junk Gallery, Sydney - 2004

Solo Exhibition - October


Soho Photo Gallery, New York - 2001

Group Show