Bayeté Ross Smith is a photographer, interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and educator from Harlem New York. He is represented by beta pictoris gallery/Maus Contemporary. Bayeté is a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a member of TED Residency class three and an inaugural POV NY Times embedded mediamaker collaborating with both institutions while embedded at The NY Times.
Bayeté’s work is in the collections of The Smithsonian Institution, the Oakland Museum of California, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and The Brooklyn Museum. He has exhibited internationally with the Goethe Institute (Ghana), Foto Museum (Belgium), Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Poland), the Lianzhou Foto Festival (China), and America House in (Ukraine), among others. His collaborative projects "Along The Way" and "Question Bridge: Black Males" have shown at the 2008 and 2012 Sundance Film Festival, respectively. His work has also been featured at the Sheffield Doc Fest in Sheffield, England and the L.A. Film Festival.
Bayeté's accolades include an International Center of Photography Infinity Award for New Media, a TED Residency, a FSP/Jerome Fellowship, an Embedded Media Maker selection supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, fellowships and residencies at the McColl Center for Art and Innovation, the Kala Institute, and the Laundromat Project.
He has also created a variety of community and public art projects with organizations such as the Jerome Foundation, BRIC Arts Media, The Amistad Center, The Laundromat Project, the NYC Parks Department, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Hartford YMCA, and the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency, San Francisco D.A.’s Office and The California Judiciary Council. His artwork and writing have been published in numerous books and publications, including Question Bridge: Black Males in America (2015), Dis:Integration: The Splintering of Black America (2010), Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present (2009), Black: A Celebration of A Culture (2005), The Spirit Of Family (2002), The New York Times, SPE Exposure: The Society of Photographic Education Journal, Black Enterprise Magazine, and Working Mother Magazine.
In addition to his fine art practice Bayeté is currently the Associate Program Director for the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI), a hospital and school based violence prevention organization in New York that partners with Kings County Hospital. He is a faculty member at the International Center of Photography and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.