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Testimonials

Dedication

 

This website and the images it contains, are dedicated to my mother, Bonnie Smith Hearn, and my late father Cathey Alexander Smith.

 

Testimonials

 

“The Blues captured Smith’s heart…and his aim is to capture its soul.”

-Memphis Commercial Appeal

 

“Adam Smith is one of my all time favorite photographers. He shoots lean, neat and to the point. He understands the dance between music and photography and knows how to capture it. He eases up on a musical situation in the form of a ghost and his results are always timeless.”

– Marty Stuart

 

“Adam Smith captures the essence of the modern day South in all its extension cord run out the bedroom window, Peavey powered back yard house party, midnight mosquito ridden fluorescent light glory. From the pool tables of back road juke joints to the sleeping bag on the floor of a punk rock touring van, Adam Smith’s photographs make you hold your nose, yearn for earplugs and a semi-working window unit air conditioner. They don’t call it the Dirty South for nothin’!”

– Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars

 

Adam Smith is a lightning capturer. Sure he has the technical skills needed to do whatever needs to be done in turning a moment into a piece of art, but he also seems to have the uncanny knack of clicking the camera at that exact moment the thunder strikes, the moment the magic occurs, when just one millisecond later would produce a fine picture but not the moment of alchemy that separates the great from the mundane. Some call that luck, but I’m not a big believer of luck. I love Adam’s “blues” photographs and I love his live photography. His “star burst” photo of us from The Dirty South Tour (our 20th Anniversary Show at The Tabernacle) is my favorite photo of us from that period. He aimed, lightning flashed, magic occurred. Hail Hail Rock and Roll!

-Patterson Hood – March 29, 2010 (Back of bus on way to NYC)

 

“Georgia based music photographer Adam Smith’s “The Last of Their Kind” is an intriguing look at blues legends like the late Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside. Shot mostly in rural Mississippi, the series chronicals these musicians doing what they do best on dilapidated porches and abandoned freight cars, and at live shows and Juke Joints.”

 – Paste Magazine’s Editors Picks October 2006


 

“Well made photographs have a permanence, a way of taking us to a place and leaving us there to reflect. Adam Smith’s compelling photographs of blues culture and it’s surrounding landscapes do just that!”

– Tom Rankin (Executive Director of Documentary Studies – Duke University)


 

“Look. Adam drinks. And you can see it in his photos. That means he knows what matters. I mean he takes photographs with the urgency of a live musician. He knows how we live and he captures that quality.”

– Ben Nichols of Lucero

 

“Adam Smith understands that keeping things raw and dirty is one of the most qualifying characteristics of true Rock and Roll. He knows how to include the dirt into the pitcure frame; in a way that is totally sincere and real.”

-Elliot Mcphereson of The Dexateens


 

“Perhaps it’s his upbringing in a town that gave the world Otis Redding and Little Richard, but Macon native Adam Smith manages to capture the real soul of his subjects. Often, his live shots of artists seem as if they are private moments and not performances in front of thousands of people. His beautiful portraits of Mississippi blues artists document an American tradition quicky fading away while conveying a passion and respect for music that has emerged as the cornerstone of his style.”

-Lisa Love Director of Music Marketing and Development – The Georgia Department of Economic Development

 

For a long time running, Adam Smith has masterfully coalesced the forces of photography and music into something that is entirely his own.  The results are serene and hypnotic at times, fully amplified at others, and his care for his craft speaks for itself.  It is a thrill to continue to watch Smith’s legacy unfold.  He is a true historian, one of my very favorites, and one of our generation’s great cultural ambassadors.

-Will Johnson, Centro-matic

 

“He may have spilled his heart and soul into the blues-soaked grounds of Mississippi as he studied under the famous Annie Leibovitz , but your favorite photographer is now putting his skills to task in our growing music scene capturing the grit, grime, and passion of our local musicians with the same fervor he uses with Porter Wagoner, Marty Stuart, Lucero and the Drive-By Truckers.”

-11th Hour – Presenting the “Best of Macon”