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Artist Talk: Josh Smith, The First Years
Wednesday, January 19, 5:00-6:00pm
Free for members, $10 for non-members
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In this artist talk, Josh Smith will detail his ongoing photographic project, The First Years, a comprehensive visual document of his experiences as a father. Additionally, Smith will discuss the family project within the history of photography and the way in which his work contributes to this ongoing conversation. Utilizing his own images, anonymous pictures, and works from notable photographers such as Emmet Gowin, Harry Callahan, and Sally Mann, Smith’s talk will celebrate the camera’s role in creating both family histories and mythologies.

Josh Smith’s exhibition will be on view at the Center for Photographic Art from January 8 – February 13.

Originally from Springfield, Missouri, Josh Smith earned his M.F.A. in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, and has been living and working in the Bay Area since 2004. Smith has exhibited widely within the Bay Area and beyond, including Stanford University, Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, and Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR. Smith’s most recent body of work, The First Years, is an ongoing investigation of the dynamics of family, describing the emotional extremes that accompanied his experience as a father. A monograph showcasing this work was published by Dark Spring Press in 2019, and more recently, Smith’s images have been featured in Fotofilmic’s JRNL 10, and in Zone magazine. Smith served as a Visiting Faculty Professor at the San Francisco Art Institute, and is currently a photography instructor at Eastside College Prep, and resides in Pacifica, CA with his wife and three children.

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