Luther Smith is a photographer working out of Fort Worth Texas. He was born in rural Tishomingo County, Mississippi and lived there for ten years. He chopped and picked cotton, learned to fish and hunt. In 1960 at the age of ten his family moved to Aurora, Illinois where he grew up. He attended college at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and graduate school at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.
His first photographs were of people he encountered, friends and family. He made photographs of night life using infrared film. Later he photographed at the high schools in Urbana and Champaign, Illinois. After moving to Texas in 1983 he began a series on High School Rodeo. The rodeo photographs led to a series of landscape photographs using an 8" X 10" view camera and a 7" x 17" view camera.
The Trinity River photographs and Photographs of the American South came from this series. He also works with a 6 cm by 17 cm panoramic camera, a 6 cm by 7 cm camera and a 4" X 5" camera. The photograph on the home page was made with a digital camera.
He currently is a Professor of Art Photography at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.