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Michael A. Smith |

Mummy Ruins, Canyon del Muerto, Arizona

Mummy Ruins, Canyon del Muerto, Arizona
Silver print
on modern archival mount
7-5/8 x 9-/2 in. (194 x 229 mm)
Gelatin silver photograph on mount. Signed and dated in pencil by artist on mount margin recto. Titled, dated and editioned '3/100' in pencil on verso. Born in Philadelphia in 1942, Michael A. Smith has been working in photography since 1966. Less than a year later, in 1967, he began photographing exclusively with an 8x10-inch view camera, committing himself to the contact print. Later he added both an 8x20 and an 18x22-inch view camera. His photographs are included in the permanent collections of over 100 museums in the United States, Europe and Asia, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Bibliothèque Nationale, the Stedelijk Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. His commitment to the medium has resulted in over 200 exhibitions. In addition, he has twice received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and he has been the recipient of major commissions to photograph four American cities. 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. At that time, the Swiss publication "Print Letter" commented that "for the first time in the 11 years of the Rencontres, a deserving book has won the book prize." In 1992, Smith was honored with a 25-year retrospective exhibition at the International Museum of Photography at the Eastman House in Rochester, NY. To mark the occasion, "Michael A Smith: A Visual Journey--Photographs from Twenty-Five Years" was published. His first book of portraits, "The Students of Deep Springs College", was published in the fall of 2000. His next book, "Tuscany: Wandering the Back Roads--Volume II" was published in the fall of 2004.
Price: $1,250  Sale: $875 (ref. 12500)