I arrived in Boston in 1967 as a college student without a car, and often without enough cash to take the T, so I came to know the streets of Boston quite well. Over 50 years later, I still walk the city streets daily. My morning walk is around the corner to Dunkin’ to get a large regular to go.
Mike Smith’s new book of black and white portraits, Streets of Boston, is filled with people in the real streets and neighborhoods of Boston. The people that I see every day, the people that live and work here for most for all their lives.
From the STANLEY/BARKER publishing website:
After an unfortunate event on the streets of Boston in 1976, resulting in a head injury to an angry man while working with a 35mm camera, the American artist Mike Smith traded in his Leica for a Linhof Press 23 camera, and moved away from spontaneous street photography to a more intimate portraits.
He would go on to produce a detailed record of the inhabitants of Boston’s streets in an inclusive, non-judgmental, and yet direct approach. Smith worked with a large camera with an even larger flat unit, a formidable machine that got peoples attention and held it long enough for him to complete the related tasks to operate it successfully. “The driving force, above of all, was my whole-hearted embrace of the photography as a way of life. As a Vietnam veteran (where I first discovered the medium) at the age of twenty, for the first time, I believed I had a future to pursue.”