Edwin Smith is one of the greatest photographers of the monuments and landscapes of mid twentieth century Britain.
As Christian House recently wrote:
"Edwin Smith is perhaps the greatest British photographer left floundering in obscurity - a situation that a revelatory new exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects sets out to address. Smith was a master of architectural and topographical photography. During the post-war years he quietly toured the nation, photographing cathedrals, abbeys, follies, farm yards and fields just as these agrarian and Anglican influences began to lose their hold on our sense of national identity." (Telegraph, 12 September 2014)
Vintage prints by Edwin Smith are exceptionally rare. His photographs were largely made for publication rather than exhibition and although a huge number of negatives exist there are very few vintage prints in circulation. Smith's entire archive of negatives and prints was gifted by his widow to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) who staged a revelatory show in 2014.