Jan Zwart was born and raised in the center of Amsterdam, Netherlands. He attended a technical school and specialized in ship’s carpentry. He lived on the Canary Islands, Spain, the U.S. and in the south of France and worked as a fisherman, banana farmer, service station attendant and fois gras producer.
After travelling extensively in Africa, Asia and South America, he became a professional photographer in 1986.
Since 1992 Jan is a member of the Photographers Association Netherlands (PANL) and has repeatedly been honored, with the PANL Kodak Award (4 gold and 5 silver Awards, 9 Merits and 46 nominations).
Also, since 1998 Jan is a member of the Association of Photographers England. The AOP has honored his work with 1 silver Award, 1 Merit and 2 nominations.
Jan Zwart is presently working out of the Netherlands for diverse clients such as Philips, KLM, Heineken, Amstel Beer, ABNAMRO Bank, ING-Bank, Compaq, DAF, Electrabel, Mazda, Metro Group, Cargill, Orange, Enexis, Robeco, Vodafone, Ketel One, Murphy’s Beer, Feadship, Mercedes, KPN, DTZ, Bouwfonds, Terres Des Hommes, Toyota, Ymere, Plan, Aids fonds, Salvation Army, Oiko, and Landrover.
During his numerous assignments Jan Zwart has photographed in: Antiqua, Argentinie, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Algeria, Bhutan, Bonaire, Brazil, Barbedos, Bahamas, Bali, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Belgium, Borneo, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Curaqao, Costa Rica, Czech Replubic, Chili, Denmark, Dominica, Dubai, Egypt, Ecuador, Fiji, Faroe Islands, France, Finland, Ghana, Grenadines, Germany, Guadeloupe,Great Britian, Gambia, Hong Kong, Haiti, Hawaii, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Ireland, India, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakstan, Laos, Libya ,Myanmar, Madagascar, Malta, Morocco, Mali, Malaysia, Mexico, Mauritius, Mozambique, Martinique, New Zealand, Namibia, Nevis, Niger, Oman, Panama, Peru, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Santa Lucia, Syria, Sri lanka, Spain, Seychellen, Suriname, Senegal,Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Tanzania, Tobago, Turkmenistan, Tunesia, Thailand, USA, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Venezuela, Yap Micronesia, Zambia and Zanzibar.