september, 2020

20sep4:00 pm5:00 pmHow to Visually Define Historic Moments: Brian Bowen SmithPresented by Leica

American culture during Covid-19 Pandemic. ⁠ ⁠

Event Details

Embark on a visual road trip for a glimpse of a socially distanced country in distress and hope through a visual series by Brian Bowen Smith.

What started out as taking a drive to snap a few photos, in his old girl “Pearl…” a classic 1958 Ford F100, has grown into a multi-faceted cross-country project of a lifetime. Brian Bowen Smith’s journey implements the new-normal of social distancing while documenting the soul of American culture during the Covid-19 World Pandemic. At a time when a mandated quarantine plagues our beautiful country, this project encompasses the raw essence of the human condition, our sentimental traditions and, at its core, the heart of our people – from sea to shining sea.

Emotions are high, as everyone Smith met throughout this journey has touched his heart. Having traveled 11,000 miles and with a way to go before the journey is over, it is time to further the project in a way to bring real relief to the many people that have been affected by Covid-19. The idea is to raise funding to produce a coffee-table book – an artful documentation of our history as seen through a socially distanced concept, but in no way disconnected from its content and subjects. Thus far, Smith is overwhelmed by the out-pour of love and support for #bbsdrivebys and is amazed at the beauty of our country and the stories of the people it holds.

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Featuring: Brian Bowen Smith

Hosted by : Antonio DiBenedetto


Born and raised in New York, Brian became a professional photographer by a less than traditional route. After catching the eye of Herb Ritts while performing as a pro athlete in a print campaign, the legendary photographer became a friend and mentor, helping Brian to find his personal photographic sytle. Brian has been working steadily ever since, shooting for countless publications and commercial clients, as well as publishing two books and focusing heavily on his fine art photography. When Brian’s not shooting, you will find him surfing, snowboarding or riding his motorcycle. Brian lives in Los Angeles with his wife and young son.


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