about bradford
1925 - 2016

Bradford Smith specializes in creative and landscape photography for which he has won numerous awards. Growing up in The Adirondack mountains of upstate New York, Bradford received his first photography experience working with his grandfather, photographer, Joseph Dunlap, of Sacandaga and Gloversville, New York. After attending School of Modern Photography, NYU, Pratt Institute and The Fashion Institute, Bradford pursued and received his BA in graphic arts.


Mr. Smith remained in New York City as a staff photographer for the New York Herald Tribune. Next, he worked for CBS as a film editor for the new anchor, Walter Cronkite. After CBS, he worked for Harper's Bazaar as a fashion photographer. Mr. Smith and Anne Whitney (co-editor of Harper's Bazaar) set up a photographic business servicing the American and European fashion markets, including Women's Wear Daily. Later, under the direction of Victor Kepler, Fritz Henle, and Philippe Haisman, Smith's studio serviced several New York advertising agencies.

In 1958, a book of his figure studies, entitled “The Nude” was published followed by another one in 1959, entitled “Modern Dance.”

In the early sixties, Mr. Smith moved north to the Adirondacks where he opened a photography studio. From 1965 to 1985, he worked primarily as an industrial photographer contracting as a graphic art consultant for the General Electric Company that was headquartered in the upstate New York area.


From 1986 to 2016, Bradofrd returned to his creative photographic endeavors full-time and gloriously enjoyed every moment of it. He actively exhibited his work primarily in the Northeast, Florida and California. In June of 2016, Bradford passed away at the age of 91. He was surrounded by his family and his photographs. His daughter, Brenda Smith Dentinger, is managing his work through his Trust.


Please contact The Bradford Gallery for more information about how to view or purchase Bradford's photographs.

Tel (805) 962-9070





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