Henry H. Smith


Honorary Degree (1982)
Doctor of Fine Arts
Fine Arts & Music Dedication
Location: Bloomington
Presenter: John William Ryan
Herman Frederic Lieber Award (1968)
Indiana University Bloomington
Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts
Department of Photography


Henry H. Smith received his B.S. from Ohio State University in 1933. He then attended the Chicago Art Institute from 1929 to 1930, and Illinois State Normal University from 1927 to 1928 & 1930 to 1932.

Smith was a lifelong freelance photographer. He joined the photography faculty at Indiana University Bloomington in 1953 as an Assistant Professor. He became an Associate Professor in 1965, and a full Professor in 1977. He retired in 1982 as a Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts.

Smith's lectures and exhibitions were widely published, including his catalog entitled "Henry Holmes Smith's Art Fifty Years in Retrospect", and an anthology called "On Photography" published in 1970. Smith was well respected as a writer about photography and influenced major photographers like Jerry Uelsmann, Betty Hahn and Jack Welpott. Smith is also credited with taking philosophical ideas of Moholy-Nagy about light and color in photography and putting them into practice all the while educating others.

Smith was awarded a D.F.A. from the Maryland Institute and College of Art in 1968, and was the founding member of the Society for Photographic Education.