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Joseph P. Smith FSWPP FBIPP FMPA FMIPP ARPS AFIAP Dip. Artistic & Cultural Management (University of Perugia)

(Born 17.03.1959)

 
Joseph P. Smith is a photographer and artist absorbed in an artistic quest that comprises photography, the graphic media and painting. He studied art and design in Malta and Florence, Italy where he was awarded scholarship in 1983.

He has been in photography since 1979. He is a member of the Malta Photographic Society of which he won the coveted Photographer of the Year Award in 1995 and also a Fellow of the Malta Institute of Professional Photographers. He is often called upon by both organisations to judge competitions and give lectures. In 1995 he was made Associate of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain and later Artist of the International Federation of Photographic Art. In 2001 he was the first and only Maltese photographer to achieve Fellowship status of the Malta Institute of Professional Photographers. In November of the same year he was also made Associate of the Master Photographers Association of the UK. Joe has also been responsible for the design of various logos of established companies, brochures, packaging, CD sleeves and postage stamps.

Joe has a strong preference for monochrome photography especially that depicting the performing arts and his name has become synonymous with evocative pictures of Jazz musicians who performed in the Malta Jazz Festival. Environmental portraiture is also a strong point of the artist and in 2009 one of his photographs depicting a village cobbler won the overall prize in a EU photographic competition entitled “Cultures on My Street”. No mean feat considering that there were over 2,000 top European photographers competing.

Having been an avid darkroom worker, he has explored many ways to reproduce monochrome effects digitally with some great results. For Joe, photography is not just a recording medium and his exhibition of abstract photographs in 1995 is ample evidence that his artistic endeavours do not bind him down to one avenue of expression. Over the years he has developed a unique style where emotion is the key ingredient.

In October 2002 he was awarded the prestigious Overseas Master Photographer Award of the Master Photographers Association of the UK in the Fashion/Illustrative category. In 2003 he received no less than three Awards of Excellence in the same Awards and in April 2004 he received the highest accolade in photography when he was successful in attaining Fellowship status of the MPA. This he did with a panel of twenty monochrome pictures depicting jazz musicians who played in Malta since the inception of the Malta Jazz festival. In the first ever British Professional Photography Awards in October 2004, Joe also carried away the Overseas Press and PR Category with one of his jazz pictures. During 2004 he also achieved Fellowship status of the British Institute of Professional Photography. In the same year, the Malta Institute of Professional Photographers bestowed him with an Award of Recognition for his contribution towards the medium.

In 2005 he was once more the recipient of Overseas Pictorial and Illustrative Photographer of the Year category at the same awards and was also finalist in the Fashion category and the Press and PR category. Later in the year he was made Fellow of the
SWPP-BPPA and he was invited to lecture and act as judge during their Convention in January 2007. The same organisation also invited Joe to deliver lectures in the UK and Ireland in July 2007 and January 2009. He has now also accumulated a number of awards from the last 4 Conventions.

In September 2007 Joe was invited as an artist-in-residence at Gozo Contemporary, a programme that is the initiative of internationally acclaimed Maltese installation artist Norbert Attard.

Joe has exhibited extensively locally and abroad and has had work published in various publications.

Awards & Achievements

1995 Photographer of the Year – Malta Photographic Society
1995 Associate of the Royal Photographic Society
1995 Artist – FIAP
2000 Associate of the Malta Institute of Professional Photography
2001 Fellow of the Malta Institute of Professional Photography
2002 Associate of the Master Photographers Association of the UK
2002 Overseas Fashion and Illustrative Photographer of the year – MPA
2003 Overseas Avant Garde Portrait Photographer of the year – MPA
2003 Overseas Fashion and Glamour Photographer of the year – MPA
2003 Overseas Pictorial Photographer of the year – MPA
2004 Fellow of the Master Photographers Association of the UK
2004 Award of Recognition by the Malta Institute of Professional Photography
2004 Overseas Press/PR Photographer of the Year – British Professional Photography Awards
2005 Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography
2005 Fellow of the SWPP
2005 Overseas Press/PR Photographer of the Year – British Professional Photography Awards
2005 Overseas Pictorial Photographer of the Year – British Professional Photography Awards
2005 Overseas Fashion Photographer of the Year – British Professional Photography Awards
2006 Overseas Press/PR Photographer of the Year – British Professional Photography Awards
2006 Overseas Fashion Photographer of the Year – British Professional Photography Awards
2007 First prize “Hands and Gestures” competition – Fotoamatori Abruzzesi – Pescara, Italy
2007 Overseas Contemporary Portrait Photographer of the Year – SWPP, UK
2008 Overseas Environmental Portrait Photographer of the Year – SWPP, UK
2008 Overseas Contemporary Fine Art Photographer of the Year – SWPP, UK
2008 Overall winner of EU photographic competition “Cultures on my Street”
2009 Award of Recognition for contribution to the arts by Dingli Local Council
2009 Award of Recognition for contribution to the arts by Rabat Local Council
2009 International Architecture Photographer of the Year – SWPP, UK
2009 Winner of Traditional Portrait category in the 16x20 print competition – SWPP, UK
2009 Honourable Mention in “Book” category – Prix de La Photographie Paris
2009 Honourable Mention in “Fashion” category – Prix de La Photographie Paris
2010 International Architecture Photographer of the Year - SWPP, UK
2010 International Environmental Portrait Photographer of the Year - SWPP, UK
2010 2nd Overall in the Portrait Category of the 20x16 print competition - SWWP, UK
2011 3 Nominations in the Photography Masters Cup (
www.thecolorawards.com)
2012 Overall winner in the 20x16 print competition at SWPP awards
2012 Bestowed with title of Master Photographer of SWPP
2012 Received 4 nominations in the black and white Spider Awards (
www.thespiderawards.com)
2013 Two nominations in the Masters Cup Colour Awards
2014 Honorable Mention and 3 Nominations in the Spider Awards
2014 Sortlisted for exhibition in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize


Solo Exhibitions:

June 1981 Paintings at the National Museum of Fine Arts - Valletta
June 1983 Paintings at the National Museum of Fine Arts - Valletta
February 1985 Photographs at the National Museum of Fine Arts - Valletta
September 1991 Theatrical photography at the Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art - Moscow
December 1992 Theatrical and Dance photography at the National Museum of Archeology - Valletta
December 1995 Abstract photographs at the National Museum of Fine Arts - Valletta
May 1998 The Jazz Portfolio - Jazz Portraits - photographs at “The Labyrinth” - Valletta
March 2001 Digital Photographic Art at Le Meridien Phoenicia Hotel
June 2001 Digital Photographic Art at The Malta Photographic Society
September 2001 Digital Photographic Art at the Local Council – Rabat, Malta
December 2003 ‘Youth & the Elderly’- Art Caritas Photographic exhibition at the Inquisitor’s Palace, Vittoriosa
September 2004 ‘Youth & the Elderly’ – Photographs - Vilnius, Lithuania (Grundtvig project)
July 2005 ‘Jazz Photographs’ Lascaris Wharf - Valletta
April 2006 ‘Jazz Photographs’ at the Le Meridien St Julians Hotel – Malta
October 2009 Theatrical Photography at Grand Hotel Excelsior – Malta
October 2009 “Survivors – The Ageing Population of Birgu” Exhibition and book launch,
Caraffa Stores, Vittoriosa, Malta.
January 2010 “Survivors – The Ageing Population of Birgu” – Novotel, London
July 2010 “Jazz Portraits” at The Phoenicia Hotel, Malta
May 2011 “China through Maltese Eyes” at the China Cultural Centre, Valletta, Malta





Collective Exhibitions:

October 1981 Paintings at the Cathedral Museum - Mdina
October 1982 Paintings at the Cathedral Museum - Mdina
March 1983 Paintings at National Museum of Fine Arts - Valletta
August 1983 Paintings at National Museum of Archeology - Valletta
June 1984 Young Maltese Photographers at Gallerija Fenici - Valletta
August 1984 Maltafest Exhibition at National Museum of Archeology - Valletta
August 1985 Maltafest Exhibition at National Museum of Archeology - Valletta
August 1986 Maltafest Exhibition at National Museum of Archeology - Valletta
October 1986 Paintings at the Cathedral Museum - Mdina
March 1987 “Images” photographic exhibition at the Commonwealth Institute - London
October 1987 “Images” photographic exhibition at the University of British Columbia - Vancouver
October 1987 Maltafest Exhibition at National Museum of Archeology - Valletta
April 1988 Mostra Internazionale di Pittura e Scultura at the Museo Del Risorgimento – Rome
September 1988 Independence Art Exhibition - Floriana
June 1989 ‘Three Photographers’ at the Comune di Pozzallo - Sicily
June 1992 Jazz Photographs at WANDS outlet - Valletta
From 1988 - 1996 Dunhill Photographic Exhibitions – Malta
February 1996 Public Service Art Exhibition – Manoel Theatre, Valletta – MALTA
August 1997 Collective photographic exhibition at Dingli Local Council
September 2000 Inaugural exhibition at St James Centre for Creativity-“Art in Malta Today”
October 2002 Master Photographers Association Exhibition - UK
December 2002 ‘Angels’ exhibition at St James Centre for Creativity
June 2003 Commonwealth “Youth” photographic exhibition – UK and Commonwealth
October 2003 Master Photographers Association Exhibitions – UK
September 2004 ‘Project Malta 24/7’ – St James Centre for Creativity – Malta (USA and Australia)
October 2004 British Professional Photography Exhibition – UK
March 2005 Collective MIPP at St James Centre for Creativity – Valletta
October 2005 British Professional Photography Exhibition – UK
October 2005 China 11
th International Photographic Art Exhibition
May 2006 Arts Directory Exhibition – Phoenix Showrooms – Malta
January 2007 SWPP collective at the Novotel – London, UK
September 2007 Arts Directory Exhibition – Malta Society of Arts, Manufacture & Commerce
January 2008 SWPP collective at the Novotel – London, UK
September 2008 “Cultures on my Street” – EU Headquarters, Berlaymont Building, Brussels
January 2009
SWPP collective at the Novotel – London, UK
January 2010 SWPP collective at the Novotel – London, UK
March 2010 Dance Photography – MITP Theatre, Valletta - Malta
July 2010 Portraits in Jazz – Artitude Gallery, Malta
January 2011 SWPP collective at the Novotel – London, UK
May 2011 Valletta Contemporary Photography Festival - Auberge D’Italie, Valletta, Malta
September 2013 “Selfie” exhibition at Studio 101, Valletta
November 2014 Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize exhibition - National Portrait Gallery, Lonfon