From the series 'Languor' © Donavon Smallwood


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. 

Foam Talent 2022: Languor by Donavon Smallwood © Foam. Photo: Christian van der Kooy

Languor by Donavon Smallwood

Film still from a moving portrait from the series Languor © Donavon Smallwood

visible in