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Bayeté Ross Smith

Bayeté Ross Smith is a photographer, interdisciplinary artist, and educator from Harlem, New York. He is a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a TED Resident and an inaugural POV NY Times embedded mediamaker.

Bayeté’s work is in the collections of The Smithsonian Institution, the Oakland Museum of California, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and The Brooklyn Museum. He has exhibited internationally with the Goethe Institute (Ghana), Foto Museum (Belgium), the Lianzhou Foto Festival (China), and America House in (Ukraine), among others. His collaborative projects "Along The Way" and "Question Bridge: Black Males" have shown at the 2008 and 2012 Sundance Film Festival, respectively. His work has also been featured at the Sheffield Doc Fest in Sheffield, England and the L.A. Film Festival.

He has also created a variety of community and public art projects with organizations such as BRIC Arts Media, The Amistad Center, The Laundromat Project, the NYC Parks Department, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Hartford YMCA, and San Francisco D.A.’s Office and The California Judiciary Council. His work has been published in numerous publications including Question Bridge: Black Males in America (2015), Dis:Integration: The Splintering of Black America (2010), Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present (2009), Black: A Celebration of A Culture (2005), The Spirit Of Family (2002), Facing History and Ourselves, and The New York Times.

Bayeté assists with directing programming and workshops for the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI), a hospital and school based violence prevention organization in New York that partners with Kings County Hospital. He is also a faculty member at the International Center of Photography and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.


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