Self taught artist Cedric Smith collects vintage photographs for use in his textured mixed-media works from friends, antique fairs and flea markets (an example of his findings). Smith started painting postage stamps with images of African Americans after hearing a line from Public Enemy front man Chuck D: “most of our heroes don’t appear on no stamps.” Later, he moved to painting magazine covers and now, he focuses on vintage-looking advertisements, calling attention to the lack of Black representation in advertising.
Smith also has a blog called Vintage Blood, where he posts new paintings and stunning photographs along with his vintage finds. I especially love this post featuring his photography of North Carolina.
More of his work is here.