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GEOFF SMITH. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 
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These photographs present a specifically American iconography of the recent past. As we've transitioned from the "American Century" into a frightening and austere unknown, much of what we've taken for granted as comfortable and familiar is becoming less relevant by the day. A discursive survey of Americana-to-be, this work organizes and presents found tableaus comprised of everyday objects, spaces and surfaces. The images rely on photography's power to transform and elevate the mundane into urgent documents freighted with social and political overtones. For first-worlders "living in the future" as we are today, my hope is that these pictures will ask questions about how we got here as well as provide a heaping portion of nostalgia's cold comfort.

—Geoff Smith