Hey there, I'm Kat and I am a landscape and documentary photographer based in Austin, Texas. I picked up my first camera at age 13 and have been in love with film ever since. I shoot with a wide variety of color films, leaving no question about the beauty in Texas' vast blue skies and rugged exterior. I was born and raised in a small town in Texas and have dedicated my work to photography abandoned structures, ghost towns, and rural communities that line the forgotten highways of Texas. My work has been compared to photographers such as Walker Evans, William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, and those famous for the New Topographics movement. I have been featured in Pellicola Magazine, Revolog Film's book, All Through a Lens, Narcity.com, Fstoppers, and numerous other online publications. When I'm not visiting small towns, I love watching the San Antonio Spurs, enjoying a glass of whiskey, and shootin' the sh*t at my local honky tonk. 

"Kat Swansey is helping to rewrite the rural and forgotten Texas topographics, giving value to things that someone may deem trivial, placing interest in the forgotten corners of Texas."
- Anna Trofirò, Pellicola Magazine 

"Kat Swansey is the Queen of Tiny Texas Towns! Kat is one heck of a wonderful and gifted photographer. She has chronicled her extensive journeys around rural Texas and is creating quite a legacy of outstanding photographic images."
- Wiley B. 

"Kat’s photographs of rural Texas are distinctly western in feel. She provides a documentary record of abandoned Texas - images that will be of immense value to future generations."
         - Anonymous submission to Hundred Heroines 

"Kat's photographs are classic, timeless, poetic. They really stay with me long past when I've viewed them and they preserve history through the lens. That's something so special about them and makes them iconic."
- Nancy D. 

 
Portrait by Eliza Marie Photos at elizamariephotos.com.



PUBLISHED WORK

Brazos River Review, Vol. 2
All Through A Lens, Vol. 2

Way Out West Zine
Revolog Film's 2017 Book

 

INTERVIEWS & PRESS

Conversations with Kat Swansey
Film for Her Friday by Cute Camera Co
Drive-By Film x Kat Swansey on Instagram Live

Forgotten Places with Kat Swansey
The Ghost Towns of Texas: 5 Abandoned Towns for Your Next Road Trip
Landscapes & Abandoned Structures Photography: An Interview With Ed Verosky
Photographing Barren Landscapes and Abandoned Structures
'All Through a Lens, Vol 2': A Review by James Cockroft
Love & Chaos Magazine Fall 2019
Film Shooter's Collective Best of 2018
The Heritage of New Topographics: Kat Swansey
13 Abandoned Ghost Towns You Must Visit in Texas
The Hidden Magic in Boy's Life
 

EXHIBITIONS

Summer Sip & Art Walk
Tiny Topography
Mugshots Austin Solo Show

 

NOMINATIONS & AWARDS

Royal Photographic Society's Hundred Heroines
Emulsive.org Best of FP4 Party September 2016

 

PODCASTS

All Through a Lens, Episode 52: Kodak's New Prices and How We're Never Happy
All Through a Lens, Episode 18: This is Pure Record, Not Propaganda
All Through a Lens, Episode 32: A Very Dumpsterish Fire


ALBUM COVERS

Take a Back Seat - Thread Atlas
Suitcase - Selkie Pelts