Born in 1994 in New York City Donavon Smallwood grew up wanting to be an archeologist and a poet. Donavon 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. He 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, Love Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Perfect Magazine, and more. Languor, his first monograph, is set to be published by Trespasser Books in November 2021.