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Luther Smith
Kelly, Cowgirl, High School Rodeo, 1985
pigment print
image 6 x 9

Luther Smith is a photographer working out of Fort Worth Texas. He was born in a farmhouse in rural Tishomingo County, Mississippi and lived there for ten years. As a child in Mississippi he chopped and picked cotton, learned to fish and hunt. In 1960 at the age of ten his family moved to Aurora, Illinois where he grew up. He attended college at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and graduate school at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. His first photographs were of people he encountered, friends and family. During college he made photographs of night life using infrared film. Later after returning to the University of Illinois to teach he photographed at the high schools in Urbana and Champaign, Illinois. After moving to Texas in 1983 he began a series on High School Rodeo. The rodeo photographs led to a series of landscape photographs using an 8" X 10" view camera and a 7" x 17" view camera. He also works with a 6 cm by 17 cm panoramic camera, a 6 cm by 7 cm camera and a 4" X 5" camera. His current work uses digital cameras and software to create images. He is a an Emeritus Professor of Art Photography at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

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