Uncertain States, 2019
Uncertain States is an artist-led project that publishes and distributes a free quarterly broadsheet newspaper showing lens-based-art. Formed in 2009 by Fiona Yaron-Field, David George and Spencer Rowell, the group has grown over the past five years from a small core to a loose confederacy of over 100 writers, artists and academics who share the same ethos: that is, to create a platform for work that reflects some key social and political concerns and challenges how perceptions are formed in society on issues as diverse as politics, religion and personal identity.
In August 2019 work was exhibited in Uncertain States under the title ‘Transformations’. The images link to the ongoing project Grow-Decay and were displayed in locations across the United Kingdom, including the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and The Photographer’s Gallery, London.
Brighton Photo Fringe, 2016
Work was exhibited, as part of a group show, at The Dukebox Theatre, Hove for the Brighton Photo Fringe 2016. Entitled Covered & Exposed the exhibition focused on the violence and mortality hidden within the landscape. The work exhibited by Smith was from the on-going series Zinc that documents and exposes the Klu Klux Klan in Arkansas, America. To view the Fringe website and the work within Covered & Exposed click here.
The Syngenta Photography Award, 2015
The Syngenta Photography Award is a celebration of artistic skill and outstanding photography which aims to draw attention to, and stimulate dialogue around, key global challenges. This year’s award invited professional and amateur photographers from all over the world to submit applications responding to the theme of ‘Scarcity-Waste’.
The 42 photographers from 21 countries represented in the exhibition not only illustrate the ’Scarcity-Waste’ theme in striking and ambitious ways, but also take on the role of courageous advocates, showing deep concern for our planet. Taken together, their 90 images provide a unique voice to one of the greatest challenges the world faces: how in a world that is so desperately short of resources can we ensure that there is enough land, food and water for everyone and for future generations? To view Paul S. Smith's shortlisted photograph click here.
New Dutch Photography Talent 2013
New is an initiative of Dutch photography magazine GUP that features the best one hundred emerging Dutch photographers of 2013. New is a platform bringing Dutch based photography talents to the attention of galleries, museums, commercial and photography agencies, media companies and institutions that work with imagery.
With 420 pages and a print run of 2.500 copies New is viewed by art directors, curators and fellow photographers. New was available at The Photographer's Gallery and Tate Modern, London and can be purchased online at www.amazon.co.uk.
The Velvet Cell, 2012
As part of the Adrift Exhibition at the Truman Gallery in 2012, The Velvet Cell published the works of all competition winners. Included within the ten were the works of differing photographic styles, locations and themes. The work The Way Ahead by Paul S. Smith was part of the collection and can be viewed at www.gasket-gallery.com/adrift-publications-and-the-velvet-cell.
Adrift Opening, 2012
This video contains the work and interviews from the ten photographers taking part in the Adrift exhibition at The Truman Brewery, London in September 2012. The works were part of the Gasket Gallery, London.
Image taken from the social media post from Uncertain States with the selected photographs and heading from the project Grow-Decay.
The front cover of issue 31 from Uncertain States.
An example of the layout for the double page spread in Uncertain States. The above images can be seen in the analogue issue, August 2019. All photographs were taken with medium-format Kodak Portra and scanned.
The Syngenta Photography Award was a exhibition at Somerset House, London, in 2015 which displayed ranges of artistic skill and outstanding photography which aims to draw attention to, and stimulate dialogue around, key global challenges.
The above image was taken from on-line marketing for the Brighton Photo Fringe 2016 which appeared in the Fringe newspaper. The Fringe exhibition ran from Friday 7th (Private View) until Sunday 9th October 2016 (as location 7) at The Dukebox Theatre, Hove. The photographers will be using the same space for the Fringe in 2018 for their exhibition Albion (2018).
A print out and floorplan from The Syngenta Photography Award 2015 which was on show at Somerset House, London, from 11th March to 10th April 2015. To review Paul Sebastian Smith's entry please click here.
A copy of the publication New Dutch Photography Talent 2013 by Peter Bas Mensink published by x publishers BV; 1 edition (12 Feb. 2013)
The video above presents the Adrift Gallery opening at The Truman Brewery in London (October 2012).
The Way Ahead - Published by The Velvet Cell, London (October 2012). The image above contains all ten published monographs.