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Michael A. Smith (1942–2018) was born in Philadelphia and began photographing in1966. One year later, he began photographing exclusively with an 8x10-inch view camera, committing himself to the contact print, then adding both an 8x20-inch and an 18x22-inch view camera. His 52-year commitment to the medium has resulted in over 200 exhibitions. He twice received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and was the recipient of major commissions to photograph five American cities. His photographic journeys took him to every state in the continental United States, western Canada, Mexico, and Europe. His work is included in the permanent collections of over 130 museums in the United States, Europe, and Asia; his photographs reside in hundreds of private collections. In 1981, Smith’s first book, the two-volume monograph, Landscapes 1975–1979, was awarded Le Grand Prix du Livre at the Rencontres Internationale de la Photographie in Arles, France. Six additional monographs followed that were published between 1992 and 2015, with his last book being published posthumously, Inmates: Sheriff Joe’s 4th Avenue Maricopa County Jail, Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo shot in Broward County, FL, USA, 1989. Photo sponsors: Rederick & Beverly Henderson.)


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