Mason Philip Smith, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, has had a photographic career spanning fifty years. He has had one-man exhibitions at the University of Maine in Orono; the University of Southern Maine in Portland; the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine; Westbrook College, Portland, Maine, and in Newton and Greenfield, Massachusetts; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; and in Archangel, Russia. In addition, he has exhibited extensively in group exhibitions through the Northeast, including at the DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts, and Colby and Bowdoin Colleges.
A portfolio of his landscapes of Maine is included in the Traveling Exhibition Service of the University of Maine, Orono, Maine. His documentary photographs of vernacular Maine buildings are included in the collection of the Maine Historical Preservation Commission, Augusta, Maine.
A collection of his large format photographs of early Maine colonial gravestone carvings, done under a grant from the Maine Arts and Humanities Commission, has been exhibited throughout Maine and is currently part of the collection of the Maine Historical Society.
In recent years he has photographed extensively in Asia, and Traces, an exhibit of his images from Korea, China, Japan, Vietnam, and Thailand, was held at the University of Southern Maine, Portland, during the summer of 2005. In September of 2007 an exhibition of his images from Asia and Newfoundland was held at the Sherman Hines Museum of Photography in Nova Scotia. In February of 2008 fourteen of his images of people and places in Yunnan, China, were selected by the Sherman Hines Museum of Photography for its permanent collection. He has produced five photographic books about Yunnan.
In November of 2007 an exhibition of his images, Maine Heritage Facades, was held at Vox Photography, Portland, Maine. In April of 2008 he had three images exhibited in the Sands of Time exhibit at Gallery 5 in Lewiston, Maine. In May of 2008, another of his images was exhibited at the Maine Photographic Exhibit, Boothbay Harbor. He was included in the CMCA exhibit Phtotographing Maine, Ten Years Later in 2010.
In May of 2012 he was the Best Of Show Award winner at the Maine Photographic Show in Bath. His image “Ages Revealed,” the worn hands of a Chinese woman, received the Best of Show Award, out of 850 prints submitted, at the juried 2012 Maine Photograhy Show at Boothbay Harbor.