Epperson, who photographed Smith numerous times, describes him as “interesting, intriguing, creative, spontaneous, eclectic, talented, dad, rock star, entertainer, legend, friend, story teller.”
These portraits tell the same story and more.
Tom Epperson's photographs of Pepe Smith were from a private session.
For this particular image, Pepe was in the studio for a cover shoot for Pulp magazine. After the shoot that we did for Pulp, I asked Pepe if he would mind if I did a personal portrait of him for myself.
Pepe and I go way back. I've had the pleasure of sharing the same stage with him and Wally Gonzales on numerous occasions. I've played the harmonica with the Blue Rats for the past 19 years.
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The portraits were inspired by Albert Watson and Keith Richards.
These images were inspired by one of my favorite photographers Albert Watson, especially the shot he did of Keith Richards. I find these two images haunting and, in both images, Pepe seems to have a lot on his mind.
Smith's hands in the portraits told a lot about him.
It's a tough choice as I like them both but, of the two images, I like the one on the right where he is holding the cigarette a bit more. I love the use of hands in a portrait as they have so much to say about a person, as well.