Donavon Smallwood grew up wanting to be an archaeologist and a poet. He uses photography as an extension of poetry, attempting to understand reality as a world of paradox, symbolism, and human connection. His work focuses on the individual, community, nature, and the anti-nihilistic.
His work has been exhibited and published in the USA and overseas. Smallwood is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2021 Aperture Portfolio Prize and the 2021 Daylight Photo Awards. Publications and editorial clients include The Cut, FT Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and more. Languor, his first monograph, was published by Trespasser Books in the winter of 2021.