Josh Smith



Originally from Springfield, Missouri, Josh Smith earned his M.F.A. in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, and has been living and working in the Bay Area since 2004. Smith has exhibited widely within the Bay Area and beyond, including Stanford University, SF Art Market​, ​and Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR. Smith’s most recent body of work, The First Years, is an on-going investigation of the dynamics of his family and describes the moments of elation, fear, and confusion that accompanied his experience as a father. A monograph showcasing this work was published by Dark Spring Press in 2019. Smith is currently a photography instructor at Eastside College Prep and resides in Pacifica, CA with his wife and three children.


  • 2007

    • M.F.A., Photography, San Francisco Art Institute​, ​San Francisco, CA.
  • 2003

    • B.F.A., Photography, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2020

    • Vestiges, J​ ack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
  • 2019

    • The First Years, ​Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR.
  • 2017

    • Josh Smith: Selected Photographs, ​Open Editions, Art Market, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA.
  • 2016

    • Vacancies, ​a.Muse Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2017

    • There Is No Alas Where I Live, ​Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
  • 2015

    • Places You Know, ​Stanford Art Spaces, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.
  • 2013

    • Deliberate Operations, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    • Deliberate Operations, ​Neon Heater Gallery, Findlay, OH.
    • The Photo Show, ​The Craft Studio, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
  • 2011

    • You Look Familiar, ​San Francisco Arts Commission, City Hall, San Francisco, CA.
    • 50x50, Sanchez Art Center, ​Pacifica, CA.
  • 2010

    • 50 x 50, ​Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA.
    • Intersection, ​21 Grand, Oakland, CA.
    • Mission Show (Part 1),​ Soap Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
  • 2009

    • San Francisco Meets Regensberg,​ Kino Akademiesalon, Regensberg, Germany.
    • 100 Under 100​, Royal Nonesuch Gallery, Oakland, CA.
  • 2008

    • Panopticon, Bay Area Video Coalition​, San Francisco, CA.
    • 18 Months: Taking the Pulse of Bay Area Photography, ​Curated by The San Francisco Arts
    • Commission/Photo Alliance, San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco, CA.
    • Various Photographs, ​New York Photo Festival 2008, New York City, NY
    • Notodofotofest​, Il Festival de Fotografia Colectiva,​ ​Spain,

Grants and Awards

  • 2007

    • J​ohn Collier Photography Award, M​ ay, 2007.
    • Paul Sack Photography Award, f​ or achievements in photography, May 2007.
  • 2006

    • Paul Sack Photography Award​, ​for achievements in photography, April, 2006.


  • 2019

    • You Call that Wild, The Oxford American, I​ ssue 106, Fall 2019, Little Rock, AR.
  • 2018

    • The First Years (Monograph), ​Dark Spring Press, Tucson, AZ.
    • Joshua Smith: The First Years, ​Lenscratch,
  • 2017

    • Curator’s Pick,​ San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art Auction, San Jose, CA.
  • 2013

    • Deliberate Operations, Vol. II, E​ verything Is Collective, Bloomington, IN.
  • 2010

    • Pick of the Week: Intersection. D​ ewitt Cheng, East Bay Express, Oakland, CA, April 21, 2010.
  • 2008

    • Various Photographs, Edited by Tim Barber, 2009
    • “​Vanessa Woods und Josh Smith Zeichen Ein Mysterioses BIld der Menschen Und Stadte der USA​,”Mittlebayerische (German Newspaper), Susanne Wiedaman, July 8, 2009.


  • 2019

    • SF Camera, ​Film in the Digital Age, S​ an Francisco, CA.
    • Blue Sky Gallery, ​Exhibiting Artist Talk, ​Portland, OR.
  • 2017

    • SF Camerawork, ​Storytellers Lecture Series, ​San Francisco, CA.
    • Photo Alliance, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA.
  • 2016

    • Royal Nonesuch Gallery, ​A Conversation Between Aaron Hegert and Josh Smith, ​Oakland, CA, January, 2016.
  • 2012

    • San Francisco Art Institute, ​Noon Time Talk, ​San Francisco, CA, November, 2009.