Selected Works

Lynn Goldsmith was born in 1948  in Detroit, Michigan.

Lynn Goldsmith’s imagery is in numerous collections: The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, The Museum of Modern Art, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Museum Folkwang, The Polaroid Collection, The Kodak Collection, etc.  Her work over the past 50 years in the editorial world has appeared on and between the covers of Life, Newsweek, Time, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, National Geographic Traveler, Sports Illustrated, People, Elle, Interview, The New Yorker, etc. The subjects have varied from entertainment personalities to sports stars, from film directors to authors, from the extra-ordinary to the ordinary man on the street. Winning numerous prestigious awards from the Lucien Clergue to the World Press in Portraiture, she considers herself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to make her passion of a quest into the nature of identity and the human spirit into her living.

Lynn considers herself a self-taught artist and entrepreneur. Others have considered her to be a pioneer in numerous areas of the arts as well as in business.  She was the founder of the first photo agency which focused on celebrity portraiture, representing the work of over two hundred worldwide photographers. Established in 1976, when news photography was what photo agencies focused on, Lynn seemed to know before others that the magazine appetite would change from world events to coverage of the biggest names in movies and music.

The wide range of Lynn’s talents, skills and achievements are products of a belief she holds constant: Creativity is based on breaking limiting thought patterns, busting through fear, taking risks, and persistently working hard toward your goals, if the individual wants to maximize their potential for a full life. Chronicle Books has included her in the 2017 publication of 200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World.