Bradford J. Smith passed away June 16, 2016 at the age of 91. A photographer for over 75 years, Bradford was quite prolific during his long and varied career.
However, it was his work from his time in New York City during the 1940s and 1950s of which he was most proud. Brad’s photos taken during that time period constitute an historically significant body of work that captured an era now long gone.
After Hours is a multi faceted approach to share the vintage fashion and nude work of Bradford Smith via exhibits, events, sale of original prints, sale of re-prints and publication of a companion After Hours catalogue book.
After Hours is a also a promise fulfilled. Susan Rivers, longtime friend of Brad had been working with him and his daughter Brenda Dentinger to share his vintage photography with the world. It was the years of hearing the stories behind the work that convinced Susan of value of the collection – and the need for the work to be seen and appreciated.
For a very limited time Bradford’s 144 vintage fashion and 45 vintage nudes prints are being made available to the public to view – and own. Bradford’s vintage photographs were shot over 50 years ago and printed within a year of being taken. They are dry mounted on boards by Brad or under his direct supervision and each has a notarized certificate of authenticity
Reprints of Bradford’s work are available at the Niche Gallery, Studio 304 at the Shirt Factory in Glens Falls . A celebration of Brad and his vintage work is scheduled for May 21, 2017 from 1 to 5 pm.
The original prints will be available for viewing and purchase at Brookside Museum August 7, 8 and 9 culminating with the After Hours Soiree on August 10th. This is a golden opportunity to own a piece of history as vintage prints will go to Heritage Auction House photography auction in October 2017.
We are very proud to share with the world the project Bradford was working on for the last year of his life.