Mike Smith has been photographing the people and landscape of Southern Appalachia since 1981. Smith’s works document the culture of his home of eastern Tennessee and include portraits, images of vernacular architecture, and activities such as family farming, community events, cockfighting, and coon-hunting. His work has appeared in many museum exhibitions and publications, including numerous issues of the Sunday New York Times Magazine. A monograph of Smith’s work, You’re Not from Around Here, was published in 2004 by the Center for American Places. He has been Professor of Photography at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, since 1981.
Portrait photo courtesy the artist.