In the early 1920s he met photographer Edward Weston by chance in Carmel, California and began making photographs as a hobby. He was earning a living as a stockbroker, a career he continued throughout his life. Later that year he showed nine prints (the same number as Weston) in the landmark Group f/64 show at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco.
While participating in the group, he was also able to collect many of the other photographers prints because of earnings as a stockbroker.
Cunningham recalls that Swift bought all of the prints from the first show, which, if he paid the listed price for each photo, would have cost him a grand total of $845 for 80 prints. After Group f/64 dissolved in 1935, Swift"s interest in photography waned.
He is not known to have exhibited again.