Image Makers with Brian Smith

Wed 12th Aug, 2009 – Wed 12th Aug, 2009

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APA|NY Image Makers Lecture Series

APA|NY Image Makers Lecture Series
Brian Smith: Advocacy for the Arts
Wednesday, August 12, 6:30-8 p.m.
Admission: Free (seating is limited)
SoHo Apple Theater, 103 Prince St at Mercer

Brian Smith
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith will speak about his latest project, photographing ‘Art & Soul’ for The Creative Coalition. The project features Smith’s portraits of celebrities along with personal messages from each artist on how exposure to the arts inspired them and positively impacted their lives.

Over 100 celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Ellen Burstyn, Tony Bennett, Harry Belafonte, James Denton, Jamie Kennedy, Alyssa Milano and Taye Diggs have been photographed for ‘Art & Soul’ with the goal of producing a coffee table book aimed at raising the public awareness of the importance and impact of the arts by allowing creative artists to use their celebrity to shine a spotlight on the importance of the arts and arts education.

In May of this year, Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Alfre Woodard, Kerry Washington and Barry Levinson of The Creative Coalition presented the series to The White House and Congress as part of their successful effort to lobby for increased funding for the arts and arts education. Smith will discuss the story behind the commission, his approach to the shoot and the significance of being able to use his photographs for arts advocacy.

Bio:
Sony Artisan of Imagery Brian Smith has been creating bold, graphic images of celebrities, athletes and executives for advertising, magazines and corporations for more than 25 years. Smith’s photographs of famous and infamous faces of the noteworthy and notorious have graced the covers and pages of hundreds of magazines.

His first magazine photograph appeared in LIFE Magazine when Smith was a 20-year-old journalism student at the University of Missouri. Just five years later, Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for his photographs of the Los Angeles Olympic Games. He was again a finalist for the Pulitzer for his photographs of Haiti in Turmoil. His photograph of Greg Louganis hitting his head on the diving board at the Seoul Olympics won first place in both World Press Photo and the Pictures of the Year.

Smith has been featured on the cover of the Photo District News Portraiture Issue, Communication Arts Photography Annual, American PHOTO and Pop Photo and has appeared on the Fine Living Channel. He is the President of Editorial Photographers and a member of APA. Smith is based in Miami Beach Florida and his work can be seen at briansmith.com and briansmith.com/blog

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