Tim Smith
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"Some people are obsessed with the sophisticated and futuristic cityscape like New York, but (Smith) is the exact opposite." - Kim Chang-gil

Manitoba-based photographer and speaker Tim Smith has spent sixteen years documenting life on the prairies including fourteen years photographing the Hutterites; insular Anabaptists who live communally on colonies in Canada and the United States. His work is among the broadest and most extensive visual documentations of their culture ever produced and has been published and exhibited throughout the world. Smith was the 2022 Donggang Photo Festival Artist of the Year and a featured speaker and exhibitor at the 2023 Xposure International Photo Festival in Sharjah, UAE. Portions of his work from his prairie and Hutterite projects are part of private and public collections including the Province of Manitoba's art collection and the permanent display at the Múzeum habánov v Sobotišti in Slovakia. In addition to long-term documentary work Smith is a passionate speaker on topics relating to slow journalism, photographing sensitive communities or subjects, mental health in journalism and the heartbreak and joy of being invited into people's lives. He covers assignments for a variety of editorial and commercial clients in the prairies and occasionally further on. Smith's work has garnered several awards including two National Newspaper Awards and a Judges Special Recognition in the prestigious Pictures of the Year International (POYI) Community Awareness Award. Smith is a supporter of the Coalition for Women in Journalism.

Portions of Smith's Hutterite work have been graciously supported by three Manitoba Arts Council grants and a Canada Council for the Arts grant.

Talks and Panels

2023

- The Gift Of Time In Long-Term Documentary Photography – Xposure Photo Festival Speaker series. UAE. February 11, 2023.

- Finding stories in your own backyard. Canadian Association of Journalists 2023 Conference. Vancouver. April 14-16, 2023.

- Finding stories in your own backyard. Projections NYC. June 14, 2023.

- The Hutterites, the Prairies and the symbol of the 2022 Festival with curator Laura Covelli. Festival Della Fotografia Etica, Lodi, Italy. October 28, 2023.

2022

- MHC Gallery exhibition talk and Q&A. Winnipeg, Canada. November 10, 2022.

- Anthropology through Photography panel. Head On Photo Festival, Sydney, Aus. November 5, 2022.

Exhibitions

Múzeum habánov v Sobotišti (Hutterites Museum in Sobotište), Slovakia. Permanent. 

2024 - February 3 - April 7. In The World But Not Of It solo exhibition. Museo Diocesano Di Cremona. Italy.

2024 - May 16 - June 7. In The World But Not Of It solo exhibition. Malmitalo Gallery. Helsinki, Finland.

2024 - Sept 28 - Oct 9. The Hutterites exhibition. Photopolis Agrinio Photo Festival. Greece.

2023 - February 9 - 15. The Hutterites solo exhibition. Xposure International Photo Festival. Sharjah, UAE.

2023 - February-March. The Hutterites exhibition. Africa Foto Fair. Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire.

2023 - May. The Hutterites. La Notte della Fotografia. Piacenza, Italy.

2023 - June - August. The Hutterites solo exhibition. The Daly House Museum. Manitoba, Canada.

2023 - September. The Hutterites solo exhibition. Killarney Turtle Mountain Arts Council. Manitoba, Canada.

2023 - October - November. The Hutterites solo exhibition. Fotoforum. Innsbruck, Austria.

2023 - October - March, 2024. The Hutterites solo exhibition. Medicine Hat Esplanade. Alberta, Canada.

2023 - November 2 - January 12. In The World But Not Of It. Freelens Gallery. Hamburg, Germany.

2023 - November 24 - ongoing. SPAO Photo Walk Installation. Ottawa, Canada.

2022 - November 18 - December 19. The Hutterites exhibition. Indian Photo Festival. Hyderabad, India.

2022 - November 4 - 20. The Hutterites exhibition. Head On Photo Festival. Sydney, Australia.

2022 - September 16 - November 12. In The World But Not Of It solo exhibition. MHC Gallery. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

2022 - September. The Hutterites. Festival Della Fotografia Etica. Lodi, Switzerland.

2022 - September 3. In The World But Not Of It screening. Verzasca Foto Festival. Switzerland.

2022 - July 22 - October 9. The Hutterites; Festival Artist of the Year solo exhibition. Donggang Photo Festival. South Korea.

2022 - July 21 - August 28. Harmony; A Mutual Understanding group exhibition. Ragusa Foto Festival. Ragusa, Italy.

2022 - July 7 - October 2. In The World But Not Of It. Helsinki Photo Festival. Helsinki, Finland. 

2022 - July 3 - October 3. In The World But Not Of It; The Hutterites solo show. MEWO Kunsthalle. Memmingen, Germany.

2022 - April 1 - 31. The Hutterites Featured Exhibition. Flash Photographic Festival. Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

2022 - The Hutterites. PHOTO IS:RAEL festival travelling exhibiton. Kfar Yona, Nahariya.

2021 - November - Growing up Hutterite. Meeting Point - 9th Annual PHOTO IS:RAEL festival. Tel Aviv, Israel.

2021 - June - August. In the World but not of It. Estevan Art Gallery & Museum. Estevan, Saskatchewan.

2021 - June 3 - 30. The Hutterites. Belfast Photo Festival

2020 - November 28, 2020 - March 13, 2021. Luxembourg Art Prize finalists group exhibition. Luxembourg, EU. 

2020 - May 11 - June 20. Hutterites of Manitoba solo show. Portage and District Arts Centre. Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

2020 - June 26 - September 19. Hutterites of Manitoba solo show. MHC Gallery. Winnipeg, Manitoba. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

2020 - January 10 - February 23. In the World but not of It solo show. Gallery@501. Sherwood Park, Alberta.

2019 - 2020 - Hutterites at Play. United Photo Industries' The Fence open-air exhibition. Brooklyn, Houston, Seattle, Boston, Sarasota, Atlanta, Denver, Calgary.

2019 - April 1-29. Midwest Arts Council, Hamiota, Manitoba - Hutterites of Manitoba

2017 - March 16-21. Take Out Takes group show with Rogue Collective at Black Cat Artspace, Toronto, Ontario. Curated by Rogue Collective

2016 - September 21-25. A Few Acres of Snow group container show at Photoville 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. Curated by Laurence Butet-Roch

2016- October 6 - November 20. Hutterites of Manitoba solo show at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba. Curated by Natalia Lebedinskaia

2016 - November 2 – 27. Hutterites of Manitoba solo show at Zoom Photojournalism Festival, Saguenay, Quebec. Curated by Laurence Butet-Roch

Awards and Press


2024

2023

2022

2021

2020

2019

2018

  • Judges Special Recognition, Community Awareness Award, Pictures of the Year International (POYI)
  • Finalist, National Magazine Awards, Photojournalism and Photo Essay Category as part of a Team for Macleans Magazine - Dreams of Canada Feature
  • Finalist, Short Story Award, Festival Della Fotographia Etica

2017

  • Manitoba Arts Council grant recipient

2016

  • National Newspaper Award for Feature Photography

2015

  • Second Place - Feature Category, NPPA Best of Photojournalism
  • Third Place - Best Published Picture Story (Small Market) NPPA Best of Photojournalism
  • Honourable Mention - Feature Multimedia NPPA Best of Photojournalism
  • Finalist - National Newspaper Award for Local Reporting (for the Testing Positive cancer series)
  • First Place - Social Issue Category - News Photographers of Canada National Photos of the Year
  • Second Place - Photo Story Category - News Photographers of Canada National Photos of the Year
  • Finalist - News Photographers of Canada Photojournalist of the Year

2014

  • First Place - Pictorial Category, News Photographers of Canada National Photos of the Year
  • Finalist - News Photographers of Canada Photojournalist of the Year
  • New York Times Portfolio Review participant

2013

  • National Newspaper Awards nominee for Feature Photography
  • Brandon Arts Council grant recipient

2012

2011

  • National Newspaper Award winner for Feature photography
  • Photo of the Year - News Photographers of Canada National Photos of the Year
  • First Place - Feature Category, News Photographers of Canada National Photos of the Year
  • First Place - Portrait Category, News Photographers of Canada National Photos of the Year
  • First Place - Pictorial Category, News Photographers of Canada National Photos of the Year
  • Finalist - News Photographers of Canada Photojournalist of the Year

2010

  • First Place, Natural Environment Category, NPPA Best of Photojournalism

2009

  • Second Place - Feature Category, News Photographers of Canada National Photos of the Year

2008

  • Honourable Mention - Feature Category, News Photographers of Canada National Photos of the Year

2007

  • Honourable Mention - Pictorial Category, News Photographers of Canada National Photos of the Year

2006

  • Edward Dunlop Award of Excellence winner for Feature Photography


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