Artist Career Resume


  • Master of Arts — Photographic Arts: on a teaching fellowship provided by Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
  • Bachelor of Science — Journalism: photojournalism, news editorial, magazine layout and production. William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University Of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.

Smith’s photographs and their commentaries are powerful and dramatic. Smith’s created a terrific piece of work with remarkable people in remarkable places.
— Virginia Mecklenburg,  Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture: Smithsonian National Museum of American Art

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  • Kenneth Spencer Research Library: (nearly 3000 images from throughout the artist’s career) The Gary Mark Smith Collection at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library, part of The Kansas Collection. Also a major depository and archive of the artists negatives, research material, books and articles about and by, as well as some of his personal effects.
  • Art Institute of Chicago: ten images from the Favela da Rocinha, Brazil book project inducted into the permanent archive of the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • New Orleans Museum of Art: Eight images from the Streets of the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the Flood of New Orleans portfolio.
  • Oklahoma City Museum of Art: two images from the Lifetime Global Street Photography portfolio.
  • The Montserrat National Trust — West Indies: 45 images from the Holdout Streets of the Montserrat Volcano Disaster and the Lifetime Global Street Photography portfolios.
  • The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas: 12 images from the Streetphotos in Time series.
  • Eutin (Germany) Municipal Art Collection: Three images collected as part of the inaugural Lawrence, Kansas – Eutin, Germany Sister City union.
  • Jatari Campesino (Ecuador) Minga Archive: 25 images from the Streets of the Impoverished High Andes portfolio.


Nearly all (his) images are sympathetic toward their subjects, foregoing the aggressiveness and social satire of street photographer Garry Winogrand’s oeuvre.  Whereas Winogrand remained an outsider on the street, Smith seems to resonate with the energy of the crowd (and) empathize with his subjects.
— James R. Hugunin, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago