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Ming Smith was born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in Columbus, Ohio. After attending Howard University in Washington, D.C., she moved to New York City, where she worked as both a photographer and a model. She joined Kamoinge in 1972 as the group’s first female member and remained the only woman for over two decades. Beyond Kamoinge, Smith cites Lisette Model, known for her street photographs of the 1930s and 1940s, as an important mentor. Smith’s photographs of 1970s often capture candid street scenes, such as Amen Corner Sisters, Harlem, NY.
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Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
A Commitment to the Community: The Black Photographers Annual, Volume I, VMFA, February 16, 2017 – October 1, 2017
"Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop", VMFA, February 1, 2020 - June 14, 2020