Jack Smith


Jack Smith (November 14, 1932 – September 18, 1989) was an American filmmaker, actor, and pioneer of underground cinema. He is generally acclaimed as a founding father of American performance art, and has been critically recognized as a master photographer.

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The New York based photographer, filmmaker, and performer died of AIDS-related causes in 1989. He created exotic imagery, based on artifice derived from Hollywood features and the actress Maria Montez. His film "Flaming Creatures" became famous for creating a censorship controversy.


Artist, performance artist, photographer, writer

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