Berkeley County
Photography, Printmaking, Video

Sterling “Rip” Smith

I am a fine art and architectural photographer based in Martinsburg. My images seek to capture that essence of the subject: the way it reflects light, its form and texture, and how it is modified by light and shadow. My work is represented in several co-op galleries in the Eastern Panhandle region as well as in public and private collections throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. I offer prints for institutional or corporate display and custom photographic services.


I have been doing photography for something over 50 years, starting with a folding camera and black & white roll film. Over time, I dabbled with various formats, but mostly I worked in 35mm. I enjoyed the versatility of the 35mm SLR and took on the challenge of making high quality images from this small format. In the 1960s, I worked in a small photo studio where I spent many hours in the darkroom making black and white prints. Then, I moved from still photography to television and video. I have now come full circle, returning to photography as art after a 30-year career in visual communication.

I have studied architectural and creative photography with professionals through the Smithsonian Institution and with nationally known fine art photographers through their workshops.