Smith Galtney is a Maine-based photographer, writer, and documentarian. A storyteller at heart, his work – a mix of autobiography and fiction – concerns experience, the things we gain and lose as we grow older, the way our pasts keep unfolding and revealing themselves.
An omnivorous collector of images, he shoots with many different cameras, both digitally and on film, and is drawn to the everyday, the mundane moments of beauty and mystery that carry us along.
Smith’s work was most recently shown in Interior, a group show at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland. His third solo show, Dream Sequence, opened at the Maine Jewish Museum in April 2022. He also curated Inventory, an exhibit featuring works from the Bakery Photo Collective, which opened at SPEEDWELL Contemporary in January 2022.
His photography has also shown at Grant Wahlquist Gallery, Cove Street Arts, and the University of Southern Maine, and has appeared in publications such as Interview magazine.
A longtime journalist, Galtney has written for The New York Times, GQ, Rolling Stone, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, as well as NPR and VH1.
A graduate of the General Studies program at the International Center of Photography, and an alumnus of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Galtney has taught classes and workshops at the Maine College of Art, Maine Media Workshops + College, and the Bakery Photo Collective.
Smith is a lifelong music junkie, movie obsessive, and bulldog lover. He lives in Raymond with his husband, John.