Posts Tagged ‘Exhibit



A couple of years ago I visited Bhutan with a few fellow photography friends. It is one of the most beautiful places I have had the pleasure of visiting. It is located in the Eastern Himalayas and is bordered by Tibet & India. Bhutan does not measure their success by gross domestic product, but by a happiness factor and, as such, it is noted as one of the happiest places on our earth. From a photography perspective, I found Bhutan to be one of the most beautiful and colorful places I have ever seen.

Shortly after my trip, I did I did an exhibit of my images at the State Theatre in Easton, PA. The image sizes were 48″ x 36″ and 40″ x 30″. I mention this because I often get asked, can you make large prints with the Olympus system (all images were shot with the E-5). I can tell you, without hesitation, the answer is YES.

The following is a sampling of some of my favorite Images:
































































































































Route 66

During my trip to Doylestown, PA, I visited the Mercer Museum where they presently have an exhibit titled “America’s Road: The Journey of Route 66”.


























Near and Far Exhibit – A Photographic Journey from the Lehigh Valley to India (5 of 5)

This is a continuation of the previous posts (and final) from my exhibits at the State Theatre in Easton, PA.



























Near and Far Exhibit – A Photographic Journey from the Lehigh Valley to India (4 of 5)

This is a continuation of the previous posts from my exhibits at the State Theatre in Easton, PA.

























Near and Far Exhibit – A Photographic Journey from the Lehigh Valley to India (2 of 5)

As a follow up to yesterday’s post, I mentioned I had two gallery exhibits at the State Theatre in Easton, PA. This grouping of images consists of the “Far” portion of the exhibit. This was a compilation of 7 years of work from my travels to India (North, South, East & West). The first area I traveled to was the Kashmir region. My friend John Isaac was the person responsible for making this introduction. I plan to post 3 additional consecutive blog posts including all of the images from this exhibit.






























Near and Far Exhibit – A Photographic Journey from the Lehigh Valley to India

I concluded an exhibit at the historic State Theatre in Easton, PA at the beginning of the year. I was fortunate to display in both galleries. Several people who were not able to attend have asked me to share some of the images from the exhibit. The first grouping is a sampling of the images from the “Near” portion of the exhibit in the one gallery. This exhibit consisted of 20 images I have taken over the course of 6 years from my Saturday morning walks in the Lehigh Parkway with my canine companion, Bo. All of the images displayed were taken within an approximate two mile radius. One of the points I wanted to make was that you do not need to travel far to photograph and that there can be extreme diversity within a small area. The following is a small sampling of some of the images displayed. Within the next day or two I will share the “Far” images.










Bhutan – The Land of the Thunder Dragon

On Friday November 2nd I have an opening at Fox Optical, Bethlehem, PA.  The reception runs from 6:00 to 9:00PM. This body of work, includes images from my trip to Bhutan last year. The exhibit runs through December 1st and coincides with the InVision Photo Festival.

Hope you can make it!


Places, Traces & Automobiles

I have a photography exhibit opening at The Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. The reception is Monday, September 24th from 6:00 to 9:00PM. Enjoy samplings from The Farmhouse’s fall food and drink menu with live music. The exhibit runs until December 20, 2012.

I hope to see you!


The Birth of a Nation – South Sudan


I was very honored to see the following article the Express-Times which ran in their Monday edition. The exhibit runs through the end of the month if you would like to see it.


Bethlehem photography exhibit highlights founding of South Sudan

Published: Monday, April 09, 2012, 4:52 AM

By Lynn Olanoff | The Express-Times

Express-Times Photo | JIM MIDDLEKAUFF

Upper Saucon Township resident Frank T. Smith’s photography exhibit called “The Birth of a New Nation: South Sudan” is on display at the Bethlehem City Hall Rotunda through April 29.

The Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission was looking for something a little different for its monthly exhibit in the city’s Town Hall.

And different is what it got: documentation of a new country’s creation.

Upper Saucon Township resident Frank T. Smith was in South Sudan on July 9, 2011, the day the republic broke away from Sudan. Five days later, South Sudan became the 193rd member of the United Nations. A sampling of photographs he took during his trip makes up the Town Hall Rotunda Gallery’s April exhibit.

“This is literally one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. How often do you get to see a birth of a nation?” the 59-year-old asked. “It was a real honor for me to be able to do this.”

Smith got the opportunity through volunteer work his wife, Karen, does with the African Leadership And Reconciliation Ministries, founded in 1994 in response to a crisis of Christian leadership in Africa following the Rwandan genocide. ALARM, as the group is known, was looking for new photographs for its website and hoped Smith could join his wife on her summer 2011 trip to Uganda and Sudan.

When the trip looked to coincide with South Sudan’s independence, Smith jumped at the chance to go. The country broke off from Sudan, with which it has had a long, still-ongoing conflict.

“I thought about it for like a nanosecond and was like, ‘Of course!’” he said.

Getting up close

ALARM was able to get Smith photographer credentials to the independence ceremony. Because he is American, people assumed he was a noted photojournalist and let him get up front, he said. Several of the photographs in the exhibit are close-up shots of state officials.

Smith’s favorite photographs in the exhibit may be of residents of Juba, South Sudan’s capital, as they awaited the big day. Several of those photographs include children peeking out of windows in anticipation.

“If you can imagine being at the Super Bowl times a thousand, you can understand the emotion of the people,” he said.

The emotion Smith was able to capture is especially what impressed Dolores Sproule, who along with Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission member Bev Hoover, selects the rotunda exhibits.

“He really has an eye for what’s out there. You almost feel like you know some of these people,” she said. “His pictures are fabulous.”

Commission member Barbara Fraust nominated Smith’s work to the group. The two served on the board of the Allentown nonprofit Community Services for Children for many years, but Fraust said she didn’t know about Smith’s photography skills until she served as his real estate agent about five years ago.

“I had no idea that his work was as well-known as it is and as valued as it is,” she said. “It was like, ‘Wow, we have to have this guy.’”

Smith’s rotunda show, called “The Birth of a New Nation: South Sudan,” “is just hugely powerful,” Fraust said.

Benefiting nonprofits

Smith has had several photography shows locally over the last decade, including an exhibit on the former Allentown State Hospital with David Rehrig at ArtsQuest’s InVision Photo Festival in November. Industrial ruins may be his favorite subject but he’s also done international photography in India, Kashmir and Bhutan.

He donates all of the proceeds from the sale of his photographs to charity. Three local organizations are his regular beneficiaries — the Salvation Army, Big Brothers Big Sisters and ArtsQuest’s B-Smart program — but his South Sudan show also will benefit the ALARM organization.

Smith for a long time had never wanted to sell his photographs, which are very personal to him, and never had to — thanks to his day job in commercial real estate with NAI Summit. But after numerous requests, he finally gave in, but only with his plan to help out nonprofits.

“I’m very fortunate I have a full-time job so I don’t need this to support me,” he said.



The “Birth of a New Nation: South Sudan” will be on display through April 29. The free exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays in the Town Hall Rotunda Gallery at Bethlehem City Hall, 10 E. Church St.

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Allentown State Hospital – “A Different View”

For almost a full year, I was afforded the opportunity to catalog the interior and exterior of the Allentown State Hospital. I did this with fellow photographer Dave Rehrig. We just completed a joint exhibit that ran from November 2011 to February 2012 at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA. Several people from outside of the area that were not able to come to the exhibit, have asked me to post some of my images. The following are some of my images that were in the exhibit. For those of you who are not familiar, the Allentown State Hospital was a psychiatric facility located at 1600 Hanover Ave. in Allentown PA. It served the counties of Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Monroe and Pike. It was one of seven remaining psychiatric hospitals in Pennsylvania. The Allentown State Hospital was planned as early as 1901 but the opening was delayed until October 3, 1912. The hospital cost $1,931,270 to build. The population hit its peak in 1950 with 2,012 patients. Now 100 years later, the facility is closed. If you would like to see additional images click HERE.

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