Bayeté Ross Smith is an visual artist, photographer, multimedia artist and filmmaker from Harlem, New York. He began his career as a photojournalist with the Knight Ridder newspaper corporation. Bayeté is a TED Resident, part of residency class three. He has worked as a multimedia artist and producer for The New York Times and AMDoc/POV.
As an artist, he has exhibited his work internationally with the Smithsonian Institution, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Brooklyn Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, the Schomburg Center, the Lianzhou Foto Festival (China), FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen (Belgium), Goethe Institute (Ghana), the Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Poland), and America House (Ukraine), to name a few. His collaborative projects, “Along The Way” and “Question Bridge: Black Males,” were showcased at the Sundance Film Festival, among other festivals. His work has also been screened at the L.A. Film Festival and Sheffield Doc Fest (England). Some of his accolades include a TED Residency, an Inaugural IDEALab Fellowship, an International Center of Photography Infinity Award for New Media and a Jerome Foundation fellowship.
He is a faculty member at the International Center of Photography and New York University and associate program director of the nonprofit Kings Against Violence Initiative, a hospital and school based non-profit violence prevention organization, based in Brooklyn, New York.