Raymond Smith ‘64

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Ten years after earning his degree in American Studies, Smith set out on a road trip in the summer to photograph places in America that he felt would normally be overlooked. He had come to realize that photography could be as powerful a medium for exploring America as the written word.

Four decades later, the photographs he took on that three-month road trip have become a book, In Time We Shall Know Ourselves, and an exhibition traveling to five museums throughout the South in 2015-2016.

Smith’s photographs demand a special kind of attention from the audience. His subjects appear to leap from the print into reality or even welcome the audience into their world inside the photograph. Smith’s photos represent a time when photographers had a limited amount of film and invested a lot of time and money in their craft, which adds significance to the final product.