Sterling “Rip” Smith

Berkeley County



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.

Other Creative Skills

Photography, Printmaking, Video

Sterling “Rip” Smith's Work

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