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June 13, 2023 - July 25, 2023

A Leap of Faith: Rodney Smith Retrospective

Running June 13th-July 25th, 2023, this exhibition celebrates Smith’s 46-year career and the newly published book by the J. Paul Getty Museum. Paul Martieau, Curator of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum will be in attendance July 7th during the opening of the exhibition and copies of Rodney Smith: A Leap of Faith are available through the gallery.

Rodney Smith (1947-2016) was a renowned New York based photographer who in the tradition of Avedon, Penn and William Klein, transcended fashion photography into fine art. With a career that lasted more than 45 years, Rodney Smith developed a unique style balancing technical mastery and a desire to portray the best of humanity.

Long acclaimed for his iconic images that combine portraiture and landscape, Smith created enchanted worlds full of subtle contradictions and surprises. Using only film and light, his un-retouched, dream-like images are matched in quality by the craft and physical beauty of his prints. He was a creator who cared deeply about sharing his vision of the world with humor, grace, and optimism.

Smith’s work continues to be shown at museums and galleries worldwide. In 2021 the J. Paul Getty Museum acquired ten of his photographs for their permanent collection. In May of 2023 Getty Publications will release, Rodney Smith: A Leap of Faith, a collection of essays and photographs compiled by Paul Martieau, Curator of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, with contributions by Rebecca A. Snef and Leslie Smolan and an introduction by Graydon Carter.

In addition to the J. Paul Getty Museum’s collection, Smith’s work is included in Houston Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX); Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA); Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA); Bayley Museum, University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA); Museum of Art, Brigham Young University (Salt Lake City, UT); Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University (Waltham, MA); National September 11th Memorial & Museum (New York, NY); and Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT).


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