?> Michael A. Smith and Paula Chamlee

Michael A. Smith

Photographers Michael A. Smith and Paula Chamlee are husband and wife. Smith has been a photographer since 1966 and has worked exclusively with 8x10-inch or larger cameras since 1967. Chamlee, who is a painter as well as a photographer, has been photographing since 1985, and has used an 8x10-inch camera, almost exclusively, since 1990. Their photographs have been collected in 140 art museums worldwide and they have each published seven books of their photographs.

In addition to making their art, Smith and Chamlee contribute to and enrich the world of fine-art photography in a number of other ways and are committed, perhaps more than any other photographers today, to keeping the traditional craft of photography alive. 

In order to save Kodak's silver chloride Azo contact printing paper, Smith and Chamlee became the exclusive dealers of Azo for a number of years. When Kodak discontinued all black and white papers, Smith and Chamlee attempted the nearly impossible task of having a new silver chloride contact printing paper made that would be as good or better than Azo. After five years of R&D, they succeeded. They named it LODIMA PHOTOGRAPHIC PAPER.

They established LODIMA PRESS to publish photography books of extraordinary quality. To date they have published over 50 books, with others currently in production.

While sensing a need to provide other photographers with the finest archival mat board, mounting, and storage materials, Smith and Chamlee acquired a defunct mat board business and formed LODIMA ARCHIVAL MATERIALS.

Their use of large format color film necessitated high-end drum scanning and printing for their color prints, so Smith and Chamlee founded LODIMA DIGITAL to provide drum scanning and digital printing services.

See Lodima.org for all things LODIMA


The Art of Seeing Photographically Sept 14-16/17, 2018

In this workshop you will not learn any "rules." You will go "beyond composition." You will learn to see more than you already see and to take a more creative approach to photographing, and as a result, based on our past experience with former participants in our workshops, your photographs will be better and you will have a higher percentage of keepers, as well as having more pleasure in the process.
Read More

Michael A. Smith and Paula Chamlee Solo Exhibitions 2018

View Finders: Four Photographic Voices at the Michener Art Museum
Read More

Vision & Technique Workshop - Bucks County, PA, 2018 May 18-20


Read More

PHOTOBOOK New Zealand Mar. 11 - 13, 2016


Read More