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Ross T. Smith

Justin Paton

ROSS T. SMITH, Hokianga Series, 1997-98, colour photograph, 100 x 100 cm.

Never before has a local artist's star risen as swiftly as Ross T. Smith's. As much an event in the sociology of taste as in the history of local photography, the Auckland Art Gallery's much-publicised exhibition and purchase of Smith's photographic series 'Hokianga' bespeaks a confidence in a new artist - a photographic artist, what's more - that is rare and getting rarer in cash-strapped public galleries. In its themes, its scale, and…

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