Saturated with an intense palette and dramatically cinematic, Smith’s images are redolent of the mysteries of Raymond Chandler and the visual impact of contemporary film-noir sensibilities. Each picture evokes a tale of its own. Emerging from shadows, the sitters are interwoven in an elusive narrative with hidden identities and concealed motives, unknown to the viewer. The exhibition is a mosaic of motel rooms, roadsides, streets and cityscapes. The passions of the sitters are more implied than documented, sensual, but never explicitly carnal. Smith’s use of lighting and décor emotionally augment his true subjects – the colors of night air and the abandonment that floats in it.
From 2000 until 2009 Smith worked in the studio of the renowned New York photographer, Joel Meyerowitz, as a printer and Archive Manager.