After 30 years with Texas Highways, as photo contributor and including six years as Photography Editor, Griff Smith is retiring from the magazine. We just wrapped up the August issue, our last issue with Griff.
As Art Director, I have worked with Griff in both his photographer and photo editor capacities, and his jovial, unpretentious nature will surely be missed, as will his wildly entertaining behind-the-scenes stories. Spectacular, quirky, colorful, expertly-composed, Griff’s photos illustrate Texas in its unabashed glory and down-to-earth charm. His eye for detail in color reproduction, and his impeccable memory of past topics covered for TH have been invaluable to us.
Griff didn’t leave us adrift. We have a new photo editor, Brandon Jakobeit, direct from Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine—another periodical I hold in high esteem—ready to take the reins. But I for one will never forget Griff’s kombucha-swilling at meetings, the impromptu steel-guitar picking emanating from his office to break deadline tension, and his distinctive small-town-Texas jive-talk followed by loud cackles of laughter, especially over a bawdy joke or two. As a colleague and friend, I wish Griff the very best in his adventures in and beyond the state!
TH fans and the general public will have a chance to meet Griff sometime in September, when the book, On the Road With Texas Highways, A Tribute to True Texas, a 30-year collection of photos shot by Griff for TH, is published. Griff will be on hand at exhibits and for book-signing events planned throughout the state. Stay tuned!