Wendy Schwegmann was born in 1953. In 1982 she joined Afrapix, a collective photo agency that played a key role in documenting the resistance to apartheid in the 1980s. At the time she was freelancing for Reuters and was a regular contributor to Staffrider.
Schwegmann contributed to the book “South Africa: The Cordoned Heart” [Badsha, O (ed). 1986. Cape Town: The Gallery Press] which was prepared to accompany the Second Carnegie Inquiry into Poverty and Development in Southern Africa.
She was posted in London where she continued working for Reuters and then as a photo editor for the Associated Press.