Mike Smith (1951- ) was born in Heidelberg, Germany. He currently lives in Johnson City, Tennessee. He photographs the land, the built environment and the people of Southern Appalachia. His color photography explores the unique beauty of the region and the people who call it home. His earlier work in the region focused on old Appalachia. Recently he has been photographing gas station/ convenience stores where the New South intersects with the old Appalachia.