‘Essential Monochrome’ – A talk by photographer Joe Smith

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'Essential Monochrome' - A talk by photographer Joe SmithThe Gozo Photography Association has organised a photographic lecture, which will be delivered by Maltese photographer Joe Smith, entitled ‘Essential Monochrome,’ on Friday, the 26th of July 2013 at Gharb Local Council (Conference Hall), starting at 7.00pm.

Joseph P. Smith is a photographer and artist absorbed in an artistic quest that comprises photography, the graphic media and painting. He studied art and design in Malta and Florence, Italy where he was awarded scholarship in 1983.

He has been in photography since 1979. He is a member of the Malta Photographic Society of which he won the coveted Photographer of the Year Award in 1995 and also a Fellow of the Malta Institute of Professional Photographers. He is often called upon by both organisations to judge competitions and give lectures.

In 1995 he was made Associate of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain and later Artist of the International Federation of Photographic Art. In 2001 he was the first and only Maltese photographer to achieve Fellowship status of the Malta Institute of Professional Photographers.

In November of the same year he was also made Associate of the Master Photographers Association of the UK. Joe has also been responsible for the design of various logos of established companies, brochures, packaging, CD sleeves and postage stamps.

Joe has a strong preference for monochrome photography especially that depicting the performing arts and his name has become synonymous with evocative pictures of Jazz musicians who performed in the Malta Jazz Festival.

Environmental portraiture is also a strong point of the artist and in 2009 one of his photographs depicting a village cobbler won the overall prize in a EU photographic competition entitled “Cultures on My Street.” No mean feat considering that there were over 2,000 top European photographers competing.

Further information about the Gozo Photography Association can be found on their facebook page at www.facebook.com/GozoPhotographyAssociation.

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