"The Bridge Project" Bridges, highways, walkways and overpasses

The second Photo Urbanism Fellowship was awarded to Jonathan Smith for “The Bridge Project,” a series that captured the city’s bridges, highways, walkways and overpasses. Smith undertook an in-depth photographic study of New York City’s bridges, with the aim of capturing both the structures, large and small, and the spaces they command. An exhibit of photographs from the project was held in March 2005.

Program support provided by the Cygnet Foundation and Paul Warchol Photography.

"The Bridge Project" exhibition was on display March 23, 2005 at the International Center for Tolerance Education

Jonathan Smith

2004–2005: The Bridge Project

Jonathan Smith is an award-winning photographer based in New York City. Jonathan has been recognized for his Fine Art Photography and exhibits his work internationally. He had his first solo show titled Untold Stories at Rick Wester Fine Art in September 2010. He has also participated in group exhibitions at the Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery and PowerHouse Arena as well as having a one-person exhibition, The Bridge Project, at The International Center for Tolerance Education.

From 2000 until 2009 Jonathan worked in the studio of the renowned New York photographer, Joel Meyerowitz. In 2001 he assisted in Meyerowitz’s archive, advancing to Archive Manager in 2003 and becoming heavily involved in the photographer’s World Trade Center and Parks Department archives, both of which are now part of the Museum of the City of New York. Additionally, he printed for the studio and was involved in the curatorial and production sides as well.

Exhibition Gallery

The Bridge Project

Jonathan Smith

Artist Statement

My experience with The Design Trust for Public Space was a turning point in my career as a photographer. Through photographing the aesthetic and structural qualities, from the monumental down to the most modest of bridges, I have become more and more aware of the areas into which the bridges land, the communities they navigate through, the parks they tower above, the spaces they create beneath them where car parks, commerce and recreation appear…. My aim is to have created a concise archive of the bridges themselves, the details of their structure and the materials they are built from, and most importantly the effect they have upon the urban landscapes they cut into.


Jonathan’s work has appeared in The Smithsonian, Metropolis and View magazines, PDN, Art and Architecture and The Royal Photographic Society Magazine. He studied in the United Kingdom at the Kent Institute of Design (KIAD) and the International Center for Photography in New York.

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