Richard Gwin (Photographer)

I was born in Pratt, Kan., in 1950, graduating from Pratt High School 1968. I attended Pratt Community Junior College and Kansas University, majoring in fine arts and worked through the photojournalism sequence.

Before joining the Lawrence Journal-World, where I now serve as senior photographer, I worked for the Hutchinson News and the Wichita Eagle.

I have several hobbies that keep me busy, either gardening in the summer months or working on my current house, and when I don't have anything else to do I work on rebuilding a 1949 Ford Anglia from England. There's also always another trip to Cuba to plan, where for each of the last 19 years I've traveled and written stories and thousands of photos.

I have been a photographer for the Journal-World for 30 years, and attribute a lot of my success to the people of Lawrence that I've photographed, getting ideas and becoming part of the community.

Recent stories

Behind the Lens: The long and short of documentary photography
June 23, 2013
Recently I had the opportunity to do some documentary photography and spend five months watching a local mechanic build his very own Batmobile.
Behind the Lens: A religious experience in Nicaragua
February 3, 2013
In 1994, I went to Nicaragua to visit some friends and was wowed. This December, after years of pestering, I had to go again. And I came back with some incredible photographs. By Richard Gwin
Not your everyday pie: Persimmons yield a break from the ordinary — if you can find them
November 5, 2012
Everyone knows I like to cook. This pie came about as sort of a dare.
Behind the Lens: Photographing wildlife can be unpredictable
March 18, 2012
With the approach of spring, area wildlife are beginning their seasonal mating rituals.
Behind the Lens: Photographers sum up KU’s big win against Missouri in photos
March 4, 2012
Journal-World photographers Richard Gwin, Nick Krug and I all photographed the Kansas University basketball game against Missouri on Feb. 25.
Searchers recover body of Tonganoxie man, 30, from Lone Star Lake in southern Douglas County
Dive crews, emergency responders were searching for man who was swimming at Lone Star Lake
02:28 p.m., August 13, 2011 Updated 11:20 p.m.
A 30-year-old Tonganoxie man died while he was swimming about 70 feet offshore at Lone Star Lake in southern Douglas County, said Douglas County Sheriff spokesman Sgt. Steve Lewis.
Behind the Lens: A new way to look at photography
July 10, 2011
A Silicon Valley startup has developed a camera that captures more light, allowing images to be refocused after the fact.
McLouth student Justin Johnston shot, killed on school trip to Costa Rica; classmates returning to Kansas
10:32 a.m., June 2, 2011 Updated 12:48 a.m.
A student at McLouth High School has died while on a school trip to Costa Rica, the victim of an overnight shooting.
Morel mushrooms plentiful after wet winter in northeast Kansas
The fungus is now among us
April 26, 2011
It’s spring, and that can mean just one thing: morel mushrooms. This year’s harvest will be bountiful because of the large amount of moisture last winter.
Behind the Lens: Money-saving lens adapters
April 24, 2011
If you have an SLR or a DSLR camera with another brand of lenses, the Fotodiox Mount Adapters allow you to use your lenses on the film/digital camera body even if the brand isn’t the same.

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Recent photos

Lawrence High's Matia Finley makes her release in the girls discus at the Kansas Relays on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Rock Chalk Park.

LHS's Rebecca Finley competes in the girls discuss at the Kansas Relays on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Rock Chalk Park.

KU's Michael Stigler clears a hurdle in the men's 400 Meter Hurdle. Stigler won the event with a time of 50.07 at the 88th Kansas Relays on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Rock Chalk Park.

KU's Laura Taylor clears the bar in the women's pole vault during the Kansas Relays on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Rock Chalk Park.

FSHS vaulter Callie Hicks gets set to plant her pole for her vault on Friday, April 17, 2015 during the Kansas at Rock Chalk Park.

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