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

Members of KU's Nepalese Student Association, from left, Jagaran Acharya, Chet Bhatta and Madan Neupane, set up Monday, April 27, 2015, at the Kansas Union to collect donations for relief efforts in Nepal following a devastating earthquake over the weekend. For more about the fundraiser:

Peter Smith, KU Medical Center professor of molecular and integrative physiology, directs the Institute for Neurological Discoveries and co-directs the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center. He is pictured in front of the Medical Center's DNA sequencing machine speaking about genomic sequencing and related research going on at KU.

Bob Dotson, an award-winning NBC correspondent, gives a speech as the recipient of the 2015 William Allen White Foundation National Citation, Thursday at Woodruff Auditorium on the Kansas University campus.

Bob Dotson, an NBC correspondent, received the 2015 William Allen White Foundation award at Kansas University's Woodruff Auditorium on Thursday.

Lawrence Public Library's Little Red Seed Library opened earlier this month and allows residents to collect up to 10 seed packets.

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