Sean Smuda

(+49) 176-766-79918 • seansmuda@gmail.com
www.smudaphoto.com

WORK EXPERIENCE

FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER
USA/EU
• The 2019 Berlinale Film Festival, The London Times, WIRE Magazine, ZUMA Press, The New York Daily News, The Walker Art Center, Warner Brothers Records
• Digital and analog photography, video, multiple formats, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Premier
• Conceptualize and execute visual communication needs in architectural, editorial, event, journalistic, portrait, and product photography

ST PAUL ARENA COMPANY
St. Paul, MN, USA, 2000-2006
House Photographer
• Documenting architecture, concerts, events, and personalities
• Working with art directors, promoters, technical and event staff to coordinate shoots, styles, and deadlines
• Photographing all events at a 20,000 seat concert, sports, and convention center including: The 43rd President of the United States, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Motocross, World Gymnastics, Rodeo, Monster Trucks, Tango, The Black Watch
• Archiving, processing, and providing images for publications, and PR

ZUMA PRESS AND THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
LA/NYC
• Documenting hard news stories under deadline
• Working closely with editors and writers to cover breaking stories
• Editing and uploading on location

PHILLIPS COMMUNITY TELEVISION
Minneapolis, MN, 2009
Digital Photography Instructor
• Guiding a diverse group of teenage students to portray their communities
• Technical instruction in digital file handling and photography

THE SHOEBOX GALLERY AND PIRSIG PROJECTS
USA/EU
• Directing and curating gallery and performance spaces
• Creating exhibitions, artist calls, didactics, essays, PR, mailing lists, social media
• Documentation and installation of exhibitions
• Archiving artist talks, exhibitions, music, performance, openings

MINNEAPOLIS/TOURS SISTER CITIES ASSOCIATION
Minneapolis, MN, USA and Tours, France, 2010 - 2012
Cultural Liaison
• Overseas and domestic coordinator for artist exchanges between French and American Sister Cities
• Coordinating government officials, artists, and the Press in French and English
• Coordinating fundraisers
• Promoting the Association through social media

MINNEAPOLIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN, 2008
MFA Thesis Advisor in Photography
• Monthly meeting with student candidate and faculty
• Critical guidance and review towards the successful completion of an MFA

FREELANCE FRENCH INTERPRETER AND TEACHER
• The McKnight Foundation, Berlitz Language School, Transperfect, Bestmark Company, The Center for Victims of Torture
• Interpreting in public and sensitive situations
• One-on-one and small group tutoring
• Testing and recording student progress

FREELANCE ARTS WRITER
• Rain Taxi Review of Books, The Walker Art Center, mnartists.org, Hair and Nails Gallery
• Essays and reviews about national, international, and local arts events, exhibits and books.

EDUCATION:

SAAS-FEE INSTITUTE
Berlin, Germany
Critical Studies and Art Theory

MINNEAPOLIS COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Literature, Photography, Video Production, Business Management

BOSTON MUSEUM SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS
Photography, Art History, Studio Arts

ST. MARY’S COLLEGE
Moraga, CA
Philosophy, Literature, Film Theory

THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS
Brussels, Belgium
Art History, Studio Arts