The Fulton County Regional Chamber of Commerce in Gloversville is home to a rotating art gallery. Now on display is the work of Bradford Smith through August 31.
Bradford Smith entered the world of photography at nine years old helping his grandfather, Joseph K. Dunlop, in his darkroom, coating glass negatives. Bradford’s first published photograph appeared when he was 12 years old, in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. Influenced by his grandfather, Bradford’s life path would veer 180 degress from life on his family’s dairy farm in Ballston Spa, N.Y. In the 1950′s, Bradford could be found photographing in New York City, 60 stories up on an I-beam on one of New York’s most distinguished realtor and financier’s buildings, Tishman. His photographic career would cross paths with some of the Profession’s greats, including Philippe Halsmann, Victor Keppler, Richard Avedon, Lillian Bassman, art director Alexander Brodvich and editor Ann Whitney, of Harper’s Bazaar, who opened a studio with Bradford in the mid-1950′s. Bradford worked with Walter Cronkite in NYC and later became the largest independent photography contractor for General Electric in Schenectady. Now in his eighth decade, Bradford’s shooting career continues, as he travels cross-country, photographing New York’s Adirondacks, ghost towns in California, Yosemite National Park, and the greater Albany area.
His work is available through his internet website, www.bradfordgallery.com. Contact Bradford at (518) 372-9170
Reception on August 17 from 5PM to 8PM ** A drawing for an 11X14 print will take place during the reception!