by Kevin Allman
Michael P. Smith, the extraordinary photographer whose photos of the city and its musicians (particularly his images from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival), will be honored with a second line this weekend.
Smith, who died Sept. 26 at the age of 71, photographed every Jazz Fest until his retirement in 2004. According to his Web site:
Smith's work has been presented at the Museum of American History (Smithsonian Institution), the International Center for Photography in New York, and the LeRoy Neiman Gallery at Columbia University, as well as numerous other museums, galleries, and jazz festivals in America and Europe. A major retrospective of his work was presented in 1999 at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans.
Smith's photographs are in the permanent collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution and, locally, the Historic New Orleans Collection, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Louisiana State Museum.
(Thanks to bark, bugs, leaves, and lizards for the heads-up and the graphic.)