Dick L. Swanson (born 1934) is an American photographer and a war photographer with numerous images published in the United States.
Dick Swanson was born in 1934 and was raised in Illinois. In his youth, he worked at newspapers owned by his uncle. He later became a staff photographer at the News-Gazette in Champaign, Illinois while at the University of Illinois. Life magazine first published one of his photos, a Miscellany called A Bubble that has Ears, in 1957. Shortly after that, Swanson temporarily gave up photography to become a commercial pilot. Following college, he worked for The Des Moines Register and the Davenport Democrat and he later signed a contract with New York’s Black Star. While working for the Des Moines Register, he shot “Man Alone”, a photograph of a firefighter on a ladder engulfed in flames, which was recognized by the 1963 Pulitzer jury as “good on-the-spot work”.