Photographer Interviews

Mike Smith’s Lessons in the Visual Language of Photography Inspire McNair Evans

September 13, 2016

By David Walker


Mike Smith’s “Gray, TN,” 1996. Smith was a mentor to McNair Evans, and pushed him to think less about the subject he was shooting and more about the emotional response it elicits. Smith’s photos are “made in the real world” but not necessarily about it, says Evans.

Photographer McNair Evans, whose recent work for California Sunday Magazine is featured in this month’s Picture Story column (“Tracing the Life of a Mentally Ill Murderer”), says he learned much about the visual language of photography—lines, color, composition, texture, symbolism and metaphor—from photographer Mike Smith. Smith, who is represented by Jackson Fine Arts in Atlanta, Lee Marks Fine Art in...

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