Twirling, Burden Mansion, New York City, 1997 is the
title of this photo, a 10-by-8-inch Gelatin silver print,
by Rodney Smith.
Reverie and reality: Photographs
by Rodney Smith
Rodney Smith, a 1970 U.Va. alumnus, captures in black-and-white
photographs the underlying beauty present in the world with haunting
or humorous details. A retrospective of his work is on display
at the University
Art Museum until Aug. 10. He will give a public talk June
7 at 1:30 p.m. in the museum, followed by a reception.
will be Smiths first exhibition at his alma mater and include
approximately 40 photographs. After receiving his bachelors
degree, Smith earned a divinity degree from Yale in 1973, where
he also studied photography with Walker Evans.
addition to his award-winning The Hat Book, Smith
works for The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire and
GQ. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries on both sides
of the Atlantic. His fashion clients include Bergdorf Goodman,
Saks Fifth Avenue and Ralph Lauren.
a statement written for the exhibit, he wrote, Even while
photographing for the world of fashion, my interest is not in
what is new or fashionable, but rather what
endures and is graceful, stylish and beautiful.