Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans
June 12–September 18, 2016
By John Duncan Bass
In the summer of 1974 Raymond Smith set out from New Haven, Connecticut on a cross-country road trip. Inspired by the iconic work of photographers Walker Evans and Robert Frank, Smith intended to capture a visual record of American culture. The ‘74 road trip ended with car trouble in Kansas City, but forty years later Smith’s project found new life when he decided to publish a selection of images from the excursion.
The resulting volume, In Time We Shall Know Ourselves: American Photographs, 1974, features fifty-two of the 750 exposures Smith made on that summer road trip and subsequent travels the same year. In addition to Smith’s photographs the portfolio contains essays by Richard H. King and Alexander Nemerov.