Month: October 2012

WWNO Interview with Diane Mack and Zack Smith. We talk portraits, we talk voodoo and about life backstage...

October 24, 2012


Check out my interview with the great Diane Mack on 89.9 WWNO our NPR station. We talked about my show, “Exit Stage Right” opening at Preservation Hall this Friday, October 26th – you can always skip the line to see the show!

Local photographer Zack Smith to hold “Exit Stage Right” photography exhibit

in New Orleans’ famed Preservation Hall, kicking off Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

October 26 – November 26

Series showcases local and national musicians amid backdrop of 14th annual Festival

NEW ORLEANS (October 26, 2012)– On view from October 26 – November 26, ”Exit Stage Right” will allow New Orleans’ legendary Preservation Hall to serve as a gallery space for prominent local photographer Zack Smith.

Since 2008, backstage at the Preservation Hall Stage has harbored a pop-up portrait studio inside the 80,000+ attended Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans’ City Park. In the ensuing years, Smith has continually evolved this unconventional studio, where he captures unique portraits of a passing parade of local and national musicians, as well as friends and passersby.

Each year, Smith changes up his shooting approach and background, but always staying true to his comfort zone of shooting medium and large format film cameras. Over the years, Smith has amassed an impressive cultural document of the artists that are shaping the musical landscape of New Orleans, Louisiana and beyond.


October 4, 2012

Zack Smith Photography has a new face. Well yes, as you did notice i am growing the beard out, the girlfriend likes it…but not too ‘homeless’ she says. (well at least she didn’t know how i felt last summer)

Having finally invested in creating a more solid brand identity with my business, i have emerged with a logo, and i love it. I enlisted an very dear friend and a very talented one – Tom Williams of TOMFOOLERY DESIGN.

Tom and i met in college at LSU in the 90’s and have remained friends since. Over the last almost 15 years, his witty quips and above average humor ensured that we would take little seriously when hanging out….but when it came to designing my brand and logo from the ground up (i mean, below ground) there was little a time to joke around.

Tom scheduled countless meetings with me, all of which i attended, to drill me on “what made me different”, “why choose ZSP?” – and all this time i have really never answered that question, but just, DID it – you know? Over time we amassed some pretty impressive descriptions of what i do, why i do it, and why YOU need my photography and my 15 years of experience on your creative team.

And after all that, all i got was this:

But really folks! This is what i do, where i’m at – “Innovative Storytelling” as a “Photoraconteur” . Really, it’s what i’ve always been, WHO i’ve always been…taking pieces of visual puzzles relayed to me by clients, and making their 3D vision, a 2D print reality.

Just since the middle 1/3 of 2012 i have had my busiest and most productive year working on and creating my most compelling and creative work, joined by a new team of folks helping me realize these visions, and standing behind my goals. And were having a blast.

Thanks Tom.
(i owe you some money right?)

Zack Smith
Photoraconteur, Storyteller, not Homeless.

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