“Out of My Mind!” Fine Art photography for up-coming show at the Gallery of Caribbean Art, Oct. 16th
Stephen R. Smith started his photography career in 1979 as a photojournalist at the Nation and subsequently the Advocate newspapers at the tender age of 17, fresh out of school. Two years later, he joined Willie Alleyne Associates Ltd as a Senior Photographer.
In 1984, he branched out to establish Photo Dynamics, now Photo Dynamics Inc. (PDI) which has grown to become one of Barbados’ top commercial photography businesses. The very popular Pro Photo Studio at Sheraton Mall was created as a division of PDI, and was to be Barbados’ first fully digital photo studio.
Stephen conceptualized the studio as a cutting-edge facility, ushering in a new era of studio photography in Barbados by developing new and exciting portraiture products based on this new technology.
Since 1985 he has been developing his skills in Corporate Events Photography which he pursued as a niche market. Having distinguished himself and earned a very strong reputation in this field, he now travels internationally shooting corporate events for many well-known companies.
Stephen’s interest in Fine Art Photography started while still a teenager at the Alleyne School. A year later, with able mentoring from the likes of N.I.F.C.A. stalwarts Mr. Carl Neblett and Mr. Ansil Daisley (both now deceased) and Mr. Willie Alleyne, he took his first shot at earning an award at the N.I.F.C.A. Photographic Competition. He copped three bronze awards that year, and for the next several years, Stephen was a prolific exhibitor at N.I.F.C.A., winning several Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.
In 1992 he was invited to be a judge on the N.I.F.C.A. Photography judging panel, a position he held for some years before being appointed as Chief Judge. He has remained in that position for several years now, overseeing the judging and developmental process of the competition as the art form transitions from the film era to the digital age, drawing on his considerable experience in working with both media.
His work as a Fine Art Photographer is well appreciated, and he is probably best known for his distinctive, highly detailed black & white photographs.
This exhibition in October will coincide with Stephen’s celebrating his first half-century here on Planet Earth.