Where in the World is Syb Smith

Gallery owner Robert Klein once described me as a “glutton for image consumption”. Agreed. Spring delivered a banquet of riches – my privilege and pleasure is to accompany visual storytellers and to amplify the reach
of their work. 

 Palm Springs Photo Festival was the third and final stop of my left coast trifecta of photo. Notorious for hosting intimate alfresco dinners I was invited to dine with Nadav Kander, Maggie Steber and Duane Michaels. Talk about a feast!  I relished returning to teach Concept Aware® and review portfolios for a second year.

The launch of Photoville LA at the Annenberg Space for Photography was a huge success with United Photo Industries extending their gracious hospitality with flair. The containers, photo cubes, talks and workshops afforded over 16,000 visitors an engaging and informative global view of documentary photo. Kudos to the sponsors – including Digital Silver Imaging who printed images for 4 exhibits. It takes a village and I love being a part of this vibrant one!

PhotoLucida, Portland Oregon’s 4-day festival of photo, surpassed my wildest imaginings. Prior to my trip I juried 300 submissions to select 50 photographers to comprise Photolucida’s Critical Mass. Once there I met over 50 photographers to review portfolios and talk creative practice. My lunchtime lecture, Through A Woman’s Lens, drew a packed crowd to discuss issues of historical representation of women photographers and how to move towards gender parity within our field. Essential soul food.

Maine Media Workshops hosted my inaugural five-day Concept Aware® class for a skilled group of seasoned photographers. Witnessing their innovative image-making and collaborative exploration was my supreme delight. Each are official Punctum Junkies now. Below see their group self-portrait.AIPAD in New York offered excellent programming, a stellar selection of galleries and a new single-focused project section. There I encountered the breathtaking work of Meryl McMaster’s Confluence series at the Stephen Bulger Gallery. (see image below)

I had a fun assignment with the Massachusetts Cultural Council to jury 238 entries to ultimately select 14 photographers to be awarded a total of over $100K in individual grants to continue their creative practice. Sweet! Announcements of the winners will soon be announced.My next Concept Aware® weekend workshop is at the Griffin Museum of Photography June 8-9. And registration for my Paris Photo Guided Tour is open here. Please consider joining me.Multimedia artist, Hank Willis Thomas, has been justly awarded the commission to commemorate Martin Luther King for the city of Boston. I reviewed his latest book, All Things Being Equal, (an Aperture release) in the Zeke, Spring issue, read it here.

While much of Spring was spent away I return to the color and joy of blossoming gardens and lilacs galore. Enjoy!

Maine Media

Mass Cultural Council


Photoville LA


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