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photographer , teacher , writer

Alex Sweetman is a photographer, for over 40 years he has focused on the phenomenon of photo publishing and has worked to assemble one of the largest and finest public collections of its kind in the world.


Alex Sweetman was born in 1946 in Greenlawn, New York, United States.


Sweetman received a BA in English Literature from New York University, New York City (1970), and an MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop State University of New York in Buffalo (1975).


Since 1976 Sweetman has been an assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has also taught at the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago (1978, 1976), Columbia College, Chicago (1976), and at State University College of New York, Buffalo.

He has produced major pieces of public art and a wide range of limited editions from letterpress. He has curated numerous exhibitions including the seminal exhibition at the California Museum of Photography in 1984 of a 375 book of the history of the photographic book.


  • PUBLICATIONS Monographs: Survivors, 1977; Time Pieces, 1973. Periodicals (selected): "American Snapshots,” July 1978, "Photographica,” Mar 1978, New Art Examiner; "Walker Evans: Photographs for the Farm Security Administration, 1935-38,” May 1974.


Nathan Lyons

Alex Sweetman did his graduate work with Nathan Lyons at the Visual studies workshop,in Rochester, New York.