Photograph by Greg Gorman

Stanley Smith lives

in Ashland Oregon

where he continues to add to his portfolio of artwork. He also is co-owner of Art Authority / 1000Museums, which provides high quality print products to museums worldwide, as well as the public online.

Work History

Co-Owner, Art Authority LLC / 1000Museums, Ashland, OR

2016 – Present

Art Authority was formed in 2015 in Ashland Oregon, by Alan Oppenheimer, Jim Teece, R. Mac Holbert, and myself. The company’s public facing online art portal is 1000museums.com.

Head, Digital Imaging Studio,Experience Music Project (Now named Museum of Pop Culture), Seattle, WA

1996 – 2004

Designed and implemented EMP’s digital photo studio. Supervise studio and location digital photography of museum artifacts. Devised color management systems to insure color consistency over a wide range of output media.  Developed workflow strategies, worked with software developers to implement an asset management system

Head, Collection Information & Access, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2004 – 2015

Responsible for information and presentation of the Getty Museum’s collection online, in the galleries, and in social media, as well as managing the museum’s digital photography studio.

Argentum Photographic Services, Seattle WA

1982 – 1995

Founded Argentum, a custom photo lab, and grew the company into the leading digital imaging service bureau in Seattle.


2012  The Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, California.  Digital DarkroomLecture on 2/23/2012.

2008  California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, Polarities and Intersections:  The Photography of Brian Taylor and Stanley Smith

The Photography of Brian Taylor and Stanley Smith

2008  Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, Group Show,  Smoke and Mirrors

1985  Western Washington University, Western Gallery,  Group Show, Invitational Alumni Exhibition

1983  Western Washington University, Western Gallery,  Group Show, Four Photographers: Robert Embrey, David Johnson, Stanley Smith, Eric Johnson

1983  Traver Sutton Gallery, Seattle, Washington,  Stanley Smith Photographs

1983  Boise Gallery of Art, Boise, Idaho,  Arranged Image Photography

1983  Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington,  Group Show

1982  The Friends of Photography, Carmel, California, Two-year traveling group show (with Kenda North, John Pfhal, Henry Holmes Smith, and Eliot Porter),   Dyed Images:  Recent Work in Dye Transfer”

1982  University of California, Riverside,  California Museum of Photography, Riverside, California,  Group Show, Color in the Streets

1982  University of Idaho, University Gallery,  Group Show, New Photographics/82

1981  Central Washington University,  Sara Spurgeon Gallery, Group Show,  New Photographics/1981

1981  Whatcom Museum of History and Art,  Bellingham, Washington, Group Show

1979  Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington,  Group Show, Washington Open

1977  Lawson de Celle Gallery,  Introductions 77, Stanley Smith

1976  Tacoma Art Museum,  Tacoma, Washington, Stanley Smith, Photographs

1975  Seattle Art Museum,  Rental Gallery, Group Show1974  Western Washington University, V.U. Gallery,  Stanley Smith:  Wilderness