Rose Smith is a conceptual documentary photographer in Atlanta, Georgia. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Smith began her artistic practice in her adolescence after discovering an interest in the medium of photography while watching her father make photographic documentary stills with Polaroids.

She received her BFA in photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design where she studied and became inspired by the works of Gordon Parks, Roy DeCarava, Baldwin Lee, Lorna Simpson, and Carrie Mae Weems; all of whom created photographic narratives on the Black experience in the U.S.

Similar to them, Rose uses photography for activism to discuss social issues through public art installations and using a wheat-pasting method in her gallery exhibits. Her work  reflects social issues of the present time that affect marginalized communities. She is committed to educating  through visual narratives that will allow people to see her stories beyond face value.



BFA - Photography, Savannah College of Art and Design

Selected Exhibitions:


2017 Journey Tila Studios, Atlanta, GA

2017 Elevate: Photographic Public Art Installation, Downtown Atlanta, GA

2018 Inner City Urban: Vine City Auburn Research Library, Atlanta, GA

2018 Pieces of Vine City Atlanta Betline Eastside Trail, Atlanta, GA

2014 Dear Summer CCB Studio, Atlanta, GA

2016 Elevate: Awaken Gallery 72, Atlanta, GA

2016 Open Studio Night Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA

2017 Where Are We Atlanta Photography Group, Atlanta, GA

2017 Solos Mason Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

2017 Art Tosa JRM Studio, Atlanta, GA

2017 This Land Is Your Land Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA

2017 Open Studio Night Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA

2017 Creative Disruption for Social Change Warehouse on Watts, Philadelphia, PA

2017 Wonderroot-The Imaginary Million, Atlanta, GA

2018 Sociology of the Black Woman in Contemporary Art MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA

2018 Emerging Artist Award Reception Chastain Arts Center, Atlanta, GA

Artist Talks:

2017, Spelman College African Studies Class, Atlanta, GA

2017, Georgia State University Alternative Process Class, Atlanta, GA

Selected Publications: 

2016, The Zeal Life Magazine

2016, Historic Westside Magazine

2017, SCAN Magazine

2017, The SCAD Connector

2017, Art Inspiration Justice Podcast


2018, Westside Future Fund


2017, City of Atlanta Cultural Affairs "Emerging Artist Award"

2017, Artadia Award "Top 5 Finalist"