Nat Geo Women

Stoked to find my portrait of the U.S. synchronized swim team in a new book of historic photographs from the National Geographic image collection.

Cover of National Geographic Women Book
Inside spread of National Geographic Women Book

My photo of the synchronized swim team is on the left. Across the page is a similar group portrait of women training to be lifeguards and swim instructors in North Carolina, photographed by J. Baylor Roberts in 1941.

89 feet up and teetering over the deep end, I shot this from the tip of an Indianapolis high-dive back in 2012 for TIME magazine. The olympic coach lay next to me, her head and shoulders dangling overboard, gesticulating instructions to the swim team below.

Original assignment photograph of Olympic team in TIME magazine
David Bowman for TIME

By David Bowman VIII

I grew up in Chicagoland, studied writing in Madison, trekked across the Australian outback on a camel, and settled down in the Twin Cities after that. One of the first people I met in Minnesota was fashion photographer Richard Avedon. He was giving a talk to students at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and I asked him what advice he might give a struggling artist. Avedon responded, “Start working.” So I did, ultimately shooting portraits for commercial and editorial clients like Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, National Geographic, Target, Johnson & Johnson, Ford Motor Co, Disney, and Dwell. In time, I earned my MFA, and was named Best Of ASMP by the American Society of Media Photographers.

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