Artist Information


"This selection of recent works signifies my continued interest in how a photograph might be made, using a variety of tools and materials. They also indicate my overwhelming interest in the world and how I interact with it as a photographer trained in an art of deception.

"Often I comment to my classroom something to the effect 'It may indeed look like a tree, but it’s only silver, dye, or ink on paper. An artist is responsible for choosing how to render the tree.' I like to depict whatever 'it' is as appearing real, convincing, and compelling. Beyond that, my desire is for the transformation from it to a photograph in a manner that suggests something other than simply the raw material at hand.

"I photograph East Tennessee because that is where I have lived for thirty-three years and where I continue to find an abundance of subjects that matter to me."?Mike Smith

Smith attended Massachusetts College of Art for his BFA and Yale University for his MFA. His work is in numerous collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.

Mike Smith works from his studio in East Tennessee.

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