Graham Smith (photographer)

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Graham Smith (born 1947) is a photographer from Middlesbrough, England, who was particularly active in photographing Middlesbrough and the north-east of England in the 1970s and 1980s. Smith curtailed his career as a photographer in 1990, since when he has been a professional woodworker.

Life and work[edit]

Smith studied at the Middlesbrough College of Art and later the Royal College of Art (London).[1] In the 1970s he was among the photographers central to the Side Gallery, and created a series of photographs that showed working-class people in the north of England that were in a documentary style but were in fact montages.[2] Work from the 1980s would show people within townscapes, and in the words of David Alan Mellor, were "atmospheric, steeped in popular (and personal) memory — dark, romantic places with all the melancholy attributed to Eugène Atget's familiar locations".[2]:110 Another Country, a joint exhibition with Chris Killip held in London in 1985, was generally well reviewed but to some appeared passé in the light of the new "postmodern" work of Martin Parr and others.[3]

Smith curtailed his career as a photographer in 1990, since when he has been a professional woodworker. His writing has appeared in Granta.

Smith's photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London).[4]



  • "Albert Smith." Granta 95: Loved Ones. Granta, 2006. ISBN 0-903141-88-4.


  1. ^ Notice of Three from Britain exhibition,
  2. ^ a b Mellor, David Alan. No Such Thing as Society: Photography in Britain 1967–87: From the British Council and the Arts Council Collections. London: Hayward Publishing, 2007. ISBN 978-1-85332-265-5.:33
  3. ^ a b Badger, Gerry. Chris Killip. London: Phaidon, 2001. ISBN 0-7148-4028-9. Page 11.
  4. ^ MoMA and V&A: notice of Three from Britain exhibition,
  5. ^ a b c d e "Side Gallery Exhibitions 1977–1994", Amber Online. Accessed 11 April 2008.
  6. ^ Three Perspectives on Photography: Recent British Photography (London: Arts Council of Great Britain, 1979; ISBN 0728701952).
  7. ^ Press release Archived 17 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine for the exhibition, British Council. Accessed 11 April 2008.
  8. ^ Rose Gallery press release for Three from Britain exhibition, Accessed 11 April 2008.