Rodney Smith is an American contemporary surrealism photographer known for his surrealist images. He was lucky for studying photography in Yale with Walker Evans (who documents the effects of the Great Depression in Farm Security Administration Work). Then, he studies theology. He has published three books: “The land of light”(1983), “The hat book” (1993) and “The end” (2010). He has 75 photography awards and the most of his images has been taken from 1993 to 2001 and he has worked for The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair or Esquire. He is a reserved man who has known how to keep his life in private.
Rodney Smith assures Freud saves his life. The studies of psychoanalysis theories, the entrance to the depths of the human or the unconscious exploration serve as inspiration for Rodney. R. Smith uses the most of the time black and whites in his exhibitions, for this reason hi lost many works. He surrounds us in an oneiric world. He gets this using a set of elements there are repeated in many of his photographs and they are the connection between the photos. For example hats who were the main characters of his book “The hat book”. He never uses special effects, only figures and a simple background that stylizes and makes sense to the image. The figures in his photos are usually suited men and fashioned women who wear classic and elegant clothes. These clothes provide to the image simplicity and certain order because there are very smooth and straight.
I have chosen Rodney Smith not only for his photograph technique but also for his recreation and modification of the Belgian surrealism painter René Magritte. Art surrealism is mysterious and creates a weird aura and visual games. If I had to describe R. Smith with a word, it would be minimalist because he gets the maximum expression with the minimum means. When I discovered Rodney I knew he would be my favourite photographer for ever. I feel a connexion between his images and me.