Zave SmithExuberant and poignant, philosophical and passionate, Zave Smith’s photographs capture the tangible pleasures and tactile experiences of life in close-up. Raised and trained in the Midwest, now working out of Philadelphia and New York, Zave has a special feeling for personality that suffuses his work. See it at

1. What kind of kid were you?

A bit of a nerd.

2. What influences have shaped you?

What drive me are my dad’s love of humanity and my mother’s drive. Several of my earliest memories include: The Diego Rivera Mural at the Detroit Institute of Art. The song, “Susan” by Leonard Cohen. A film about taking a train to Jerusalem and Robert Frank’s “The Americans”.

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