Jeff Smudde (pr. “SMOO-dee”; b. 1997, Michigan) is a photographic artist currently based in central Illinois. Jeff began his photographic journey in 2010, but has always had a fascination with the medium since he was a child. He was exhibited in Sydney, Australia at The Other Art Fair, had his first solo exhibition of Moth in Ottawa, Illinois, and self-published his first monograph Arbor, Neighbor in 2019. He was awarded a Friends of the Arts grant to create the Class of 2019 Photo Major exhibition at Illinois State University.
He holds a Bachelor of Art in photography and a minor in mass media/journalism from Illinois State University. His overall photographic philosophy is about storytelling through the contemporary American landscape. Jeff also regularly writes about photography theory, practices and self-critique on his blog.
Jeff is an aspiring photographic educator. With a goal to pursue an MFA in photography in the coming years, he anticipates teaching photography at a collegiate level. Currently involving himself in as many teaching opportunities as possible, he has led workshops, given private lessons, and was teaching assistant to Jin Lee in his final semester at ISU.
Jeff is open to be commissioned for freelance/stringer assignments for news stories and documentaries. Shoot an email over about your inquiry!
Jeff is also a musician under the name Cry Kestrel, making trance, electronica and midtempo bass music. You can give it a listen on Spotify.
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