John Goldsmith is a Detroit-born, Vancouver-based fine art photographer. Before his arrival in Canada, he worked as a research scientist using light to measure molecular properties. In the evenings his interest piqued in another kind of lab: the photography darkroom. Now instead of experiments of molecular proportions, he examines candid, real life, quotidian encounters of ordinary people in both public and private spaces.
Goldsmith’s artwork draws from documentary photography and has been featured as part of numerous exhibitions and venues including the inaugural Capture Photography Festival, Vancouver; the Head On Photo Festival, Sydney, Australia; the Format Festival, Derby, England; the Bòlit Contemporary Art Center, Girona, Spain; and Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff, Wales. He is also a founding member of the Strange.rs International Photography Collective.
Numerous print and online publications have published Goldsmith’s editorial artistic photography, including the CBC, the Boston Review, the Tyee, and Booooooom, among others. Having an interest in the artistic, educational, and philosophical aspects of photography, Goldsmith regularly gives public lectures, with venues including the University of British Columbia, VanDusen Botanical Garden, and local camera clubs. In 2012, he self-published the Drop Out of Art School photobook, an exploration of the immediacy and transient nature of the use of modern digital photography.