A look into the Music Landscape of the Deep South - Documentary Photography



“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 2010 (Back of the bus on way to NYC

“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

"Adam Smith  knows what matters. He takes photographs with the urgency of a live musician. He knows how we live and he captures that quality.”

-Ben Nichols of Lucero

“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 Dir. of Music Marketing and Dev. -The GA Dept. of Economic development

“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 -"Best In Macon"


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