Les Schmidt has been photographing for over 15 years, and was first inspired by his father, a graphic artist who studied classical portraiture under Hungarian artist Lajos Markos.
Schmidt primarily shoots urban and rural landscapes in New Orleans and the Gulf South. Streets, warehouses, and abandoned lots are common scenes, but his focus also lies within the exploration of discarded objects.
Recent exhibitions include RECOLLECTIONS: A Community Photography Project, May 2017 at New Orleans Photo Alliance; Highway 90: Beyond the Rigolets, October 2016 at Guy Lyman Fine Art, New Orleans, LA; THINGS: a still life show, August 2016 at 5 Press Gallery, New Orleans, LA; Portraiture: Photography Now, September 2016 at Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR; ARTifact, July 2016 at Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT; Fishing for Iconography 2 Wheat Pasting, June 2016 in Johnson City, TX; Camera USA™ 2016: National Photography Exhibition and Award, June 2016 at The von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL and Dorothy Jean, October 2015 at Guy Lyman Fine Art, New Orleans, LA.
Cooperstown Art Association: 82nd Annual National Juried Exhibition