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Photographer Brian Bowen Smith's 11,000-mile journey across the country to document Americans during the pandemic

7/20/2020 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

Brian Bowen Smith

A few years ago, Brian Bowen Smith got a treasured gift from a dying man named Bob. It was his 1958 Ford F-100, now affectionately named Pearl. Smith and some friends are now zigzagging across the country, traveling from Los Angeles to New York and back, snapping photos of what America looks like during the pandemic. Having overcome many hurdles, Smith is sure Bob is watching them.

Along the way, he photographed famous faces like Common, Reese Witherspoon and the blended family of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, but also captured the spirit and soul of everyday Americans.


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Una publicaci贸n compartida de 馃摲: BRIANBOWENSMITH (@brianbowensmith) el

I had the extreme pleasure of visit the DeVoe family farm @wisconsinfarmtours yesterday. It’s a small dairy farm (so they say) in Monroe,Wi. They produce milk for cheese. Dairy farmers are being hit so hard by #covid_19 Although it was one of the most beautiful experience ever. Listening to the stories of how they and others like them are Devastated . Thirty years of farming and loving what they do is being threatened. Up at 4:30 am 7days a week milking 100 heads of cows. The whole family chips in to get it done. Katlyn @katlyn.devoe Yvonne @devoeyvonne Dean @dean.devoe And Riley Adkins @smileyadkins Thank you for what you are doing. My heart goes out to not only your family but families all across the world. Your the main reason why I am doing #bbsdrivebys 馃檶馃徎馃檶馃徎. I won’t have a glass of milk or a piece of cheese without thinking of your beautiful family. And I got to hold my first day old baby calf. What a day. #epic Thank you @stonefilmsearth for the introduction. And @sylvain_vincent for being by my side for this whole journey. #dairyfarmers #pearl1958 #m10monochrom
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This is one amazing human. Driving across this country and seeing what #covid19 has really done to our country is so sad. Thank god for people like @orendatribe on the front lines. She needs our help now. She needs money. A lot of it. Please help if you can. Together as one make a huge difference. I know a lot of us are not in any position to donate but if you are please do. Also if you can’t donate $ just do what you can even spreading the word, retweet repost all of this is the power of us, which is the only way we’re going to solve some of these problems. Wishing everyone love and light in these hard times. Although your story is painful to listen to, and yes tears were shed, I am grateful to know you and I’m so proud of what you’re doing. Amy keep the mission going and stay strong . Amy’s call to action. Her SPREAD LOVE + SHINE LIGHT fund is bringing immediate aid of non-perishable food & protective masks to her tribe at light speed. Her online SPREAD LOVE + SHINE LIGHT auction at @orendatribe is giving 100% back every Monday to critical aid to deliver weekly. And she has teamed up with @ndncollective to accept donations to bring expansive solutions to her tribe. #bbsdrivebys #amazingpeople #givingback #m10monochrome @leicausa @stonefilmsearth @sylvain_vincent
Una publicaci贸n compartida de 馃摲: BRIANBOWENSMITH (@brianbowensmith) el

Una publicaci贸n compartida de 馃摲: BRIANBOWENSMITH (@brianbowensmith) el

Brian explains his project on

Publishing a fine art photography book is no small task but having published 2 books already, I am up to the challenge.

 You can see my books here

I'm currently working with a great publisher and although we are in the beginning stages of pre-production, during these uncertain times, every effort will be made to have this book completed by December 2020.


About Brian Bowen Smith:

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. Let's Get Connected: Twitter | | Instagram

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