Charles Swedlund earned a Bachelor of Science (1958) and Master of Science (1961) in Photography from the IIT Institute of Design, Chicago.
A teacher at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, since 1971, Charles Swedlund previously taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1970-1971) and at the IIT Institute of Design (ID) (1969-1971).
In 1977 Charles Swedlund made the films Falling Waters and Olean. He also produces Kwik- Prints.
Charles Swedlund belongs to SPE, Friends of Photography, and the New York Photographic Historical Society.