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Ming Smith

American, b. 1947

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Ming Smith

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American, b. 1947

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357
Biography

Ming Smith has made history throughout her artistic career, which began in the 1970s. And while she had some success early on—in 1978, she became the first female African American photographer to have her work in the collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art—only recently are Smith’s many achievements in photography being identified and celebrated.This overdue acclaim attests to her importance not only as an individual artist, but also as one who has continuously been involved in wider cultural movements. Smith’s association with the photography collective Kamoinge was significant in shaping her as an artist. Technically experimental, she has an intuitive and fluid style: Her signatures include double-exposed prints, slow shutter speeds, and collaging and painting over her images. Influenced by Gordon Parks and Diane Arbus, Smith prefers to take candid street shots, but she manages to find magic in the mundane. She is featured in The Artsy Vanguard 2020.

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Biography

Ming Smith has made history throughout her artistic career, which began in the 1970s. And while she had some success early on—in 1978, she became the first female African American photographer to have her work in the collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art—only recently are Smith’s many achievements in photography being identified and celebrated.This overdue acclaim attests to her importance not only as an individual artist, but also as one who has continuously been involved in wider cultural movements. Smith’s association with the photography collective Kamoinge was significant in shaping her as an artist. Technically experimental, she has an intuitive and fluid style: Her signatures include double-exposed prints, slow shutter speeds, and collaging and painting over her images. Influenced by Gordon Parks and Diane Arbus, Smith prefers to take candid street shots, but she manages to find magic in the mundane. She is featured in The Artsy Vanguard 2020.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Articles Featuring Ming Smith
The Artsy Vanguard 2020: Ming Smith
Sep 11th, 2020
The Artsy Vanguard 2020: Ming Smith
Ming Smith on Pursuing Her Transcendent Photo Practice despite Decades of Discrimination
Aug 28th, 2020
Ming Smith on Pursuing Her Transcendent Photo Practice despite Decades of Discrimination
The 10 Best Booths at The Armory Show
Mar 5th, 2020
The 10 Best Booths at The Armory Show
This Dealer Fought for African-American Artists for Decades—Now the Market Is Paying Attention
May 1st, 2019
This Dealer Fought for African-American Artists for Decades—Now the Market Is Paying Attention
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