Digital Gallery: Todd Smith – New York City Street Portraits in Medium Format, 1967-1977



See these photographs and more of Smith’s work at Pizzeria Lauretano in Bethel, Connecticut, through August.  The Pizzeria is located at 291 Greenwood Avenue.


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“I was born in 1947 into a family of artists. My father was a regionally well known sculptor and department chair art Wayne State University in Detroit, and my mother was a painter and art teacher in the Detroit public school system. From as early as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed making art in one form or another.


In 1964 I received a four-year scholarship to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. I majored in graphic arts and graduated with honors in 1968. During the next several years I worked as an art director and illustrator for several corporations and ad agencies in New York. In ’72 I thought I wanted to teach art and so I went back to Pratt for an MFA. I was offered a job at a University in Georgia but by 1974, the reality of leaving the city for a small college town had lost its appeal. And so after graduating, I worked as a commercial photographer and graphic designer for various ad agencies in Manhattan and in my spare time developed a personal body of photographs. I exhibited in several New York galleries, including Robert Gurbo’s 10th Street Photo Gallery and Harold Jones’ Light Gallery on Madison Avenue. I was also an exhibitor in ’10 Downtown’, an annual show of artists living in Soho.


In the early 80s (sparing you the personal details) I left my loft on Canal Street and moved to Concord, New Hampshire. I remained a graphic designer and photographer, but I felt pulled toward a more contemplative lifestyle. I became a certified Kripalu yoga instructor and yoga therapist. Professionally, I found my niche as a graphic designer for non-profit organizations including museums and schools. Personally, I was becoming becoming fascinated by the amazingly beautiful order of the natural world and my photographs reflected that interest.


In 2004 my wife Debbie and I moved to Asheville, North Carolina where we live near our three children and three grandchildren. We have recently created a greeting card company that, in addition to income, provides an outlet for some of my more humorous photographs.”


Todd Smith

May, 2013










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