The Covington area has been home to a number of talented professional photographers over the years.
Anyone who dabbled in photography in St. Tammany Parish over the past 50 or so years knows the name of Jack Swanson. He taught photography classes at the St. Tammany Art Association in Covington and took thousands of pictures of local events and people.
The ad below appeared in the 1929 Lyon High Graduation program
Self Portrait of Fred Reichard taken in his studio circa 1960. According to his daughter Tanya Reichard Voorhees, Reichard also did freelance work from his backyard telescope for Astronomy magazine in the 1970's after he retired from his studio. He took pictures of solar and lunar eclipses.
Kappa Alpha Sweetheart Lynda Lemane
Bob Taylor did crime scene photography for the Covington police department and the St. Tammany Farmer newspaper. David Grunfeld, Chuck Cook and Lionel Cottier Jr. were photojournalists for the Picayune. Over in the society section, Elizabeth Moore has taken thousands of pictures of smiling people enjoying themselves at local events.
Ron Barthet worked as an editor and photographer for several newspapers for more than 30 years, taking pictures of community events in addition to scenic area photographs in his spare time. He has presented slideshows of his work involving aerial photography as well as historical photographs of the area to numerous civic organizations. From 2000 to 2014, he provided pictures for the St. Tammany Parish School Board website. He is related to the Barthet Brothers photographers who took many pictures in the Labadieville, LA, area in the late 19th century.
Let's not forget that most resilient and durable photographer of all, the professional who takes all those school classroom pictures and student portraits for yearbooks. The rich treasure trove of classroom pictures of students down through the years are incredibly important to the residents of this area, and their relatives and genealogy researchers.
Sometimes I will drive through downtown Covington, and there will be one or more professional photographers and their photo subjects walking around the downtown buildings, using them as backgrounds for portraits. When it comes to portrait backgrounds, it's hard to beat downtown Covington's buildings, wall surfaces, and posing spots.