© Robert Ritter

© Robert Ritter

Jonathan David Smyth

Born 1987, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Lives and works in New York.

Jonathan David Smyth is an artist working with photography, video, performance, and incorporated text. He obsessively writes, records, and documents his life. As an adopted child in Northern Ireland, he was only too aware of the differences between his family and his friends at school. For years, he wasn’t allowed to talk about his adoption, and it made him feel angry and ashamed. He moved out of his parents’ house at sixteen. He then began to be honest through photography in the hope that other people might relate to his story. His work has been exhibited at various galleries and venues in the United States and abroad, including Free Range (London, U.K.), PH21 Gallery (Budapest, Hungary), Auckland Festival of Photography (New Zealand), LAST Projects (Los Angeles, CA), Photoville (Brooklyn, NY), Photographic Center Northwest (Seattle, WA), and Metro Pictures Gallery (New York City). Smyth’s work has been featured in Ain’t-Bad Magazine, Musée Magazine, Flat Magazine, and numerous other publications.