Steven B. Smith’s Street Photographs Portray Utah’s Religious Conservatism, Then and Now

August 14, 2015

By Conor Risch


“Salt Lake City, Utah, 1987, #3”

Fear and religious conservatism defined the culture of Utah during the 1980s. Photographer Steven B. Smith, then a college kid pursuing a bachelor of fine arts degree at Utah State University, couldn’t wait to get out. “I was feeling angry and repressed,” he recalls. After studying and responding to the work of Robert Frank and, especially, Garry Winogrand, Smith turned...

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