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  • Provenance

    Chris Beetles, Limited, London

  • Artist Bio

    Edwin Smith

    British • 1971

    Edwin Smith is best known for his unique documentation of English architecture, gardens, landscapes and found objects.  His interest in photography began at a young age, when, sometime around 1927, he saved enough cornflake-packet coupons to acquire his first camera—a Kodak Brownie. He later attended Northern Polytechnic, Holloway, London, having won a scholarship to study architecture there, and afterwards was placed into London's Architectural Association, one of the most prestigious and progressive schools of architecture.

     

    Then, in 1935, he became a freelance photographer, working briefly for British Vogue as a fashion photographer. Smith was also regularly commissioned by Marcus Brumwell's Stuart Advertising Agency, producing photographs for a diverse body of clientele including Imperial Airways. Indebted to his education, Smith's distinct eye for architecture lends a unique perspective to his photographs. 

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Roofscape, Whitby, North Yorkshire

1959
Gelatin silver print, printed 2010.
20 1/8 x 14 1/2 in. (51.1 x 36.8 cm)
Credit and 'RIBA' copyright credit stamps, titled, dated and numbered 3/50 in an unidentified hand in pencil on the verso.

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Flash: British Photographers

Works from the Collection of Jeffrey M. Kaplan, Washington D.C.
New York Exhibition 17 – 29 August 2017