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Brian Smith

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Portrait Photographer & Photojournalist

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Portrait Photographer & Photojournalist

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Brian Smith Biography

Celebrity portrait photographer Brian Smith is the luckiest guy on the planet. He won a Pulitzer Prize at 25, he’s told Bill Gates exactly what to do for an entire hour, appeared on The X Factor, exhibited at the Library of Congress, dined with President Barack Obama, hung with Richard Branson on Necker Island, gotten drunk with George Clooney, shared cupcakes with Anne Hathaway and married the most beautiful woman he ever laid eyes on…

For the past 30 years, Smith’s iconic portraits of famous celebrities, athletes and executives have been used in advertising, by corporations and have graced the covers and pages of hundreds of magazines including Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Time, Forbes, New York Times Magazine, Elle and British GQ.

His first magazine photograph appeared in LIFE Magazine when Smith was a 20-year-old student at the University of Missouri. Five years later, Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for his photographs of the Los Angeles Olympic Games. He was again a finalist for the Pulitzer for his photographs of Haiti in Turmoil. His photograph of Greg Louganis hitting his head on the diving board at the Seoul Olympics won first place in both World Press Photo and the Pictures of the Year competition.

His books include: "Art & Soul," photographed in partnership with The Creative Coalition and Sony, pairs Smith’s iconic portraits of celebrities from film, television, stage and music with their personal messages about the importance of funding the arts; "Secrets of Great Portrait Photography" shares his stories from his last 30 years photographing portraits of the famous and infamous; and Sony A7 Series: "From Snapshots to Great Shots."

Smith’s work has been exhibited at the Library of Congress, American Museum of Natural History, Aperture Gallery, Chelsea Art Museum and the W Los Angeles. He’s appeared on The X Factor, Israel Channel One and Fine Living Network. His awards include the Pulitzer Prize, American Photography, Communication Arts Photography Awards, World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, Best of Photojournalism, One Eyeland People Photographer of the Year, American Photo magazine’s New Faces in Photography, AltPick Awards and Photo District News Awards.

He’s a Sony Artisan of Imagery, Profoto Legend of Light, Adobe Influencer and X-Rite Master Coloratti. His work has been featured on the covers of the Photo District News and Professional Photographer and in Communication Arts, After/Capture, American Photo, Popular Photography, Digital Photo Pro, Emerging Photographer, Inside Edge, PDN and Rangefinder magazines. His photography assignments have taken him to six continents racking up five million air miles. He splits his time between Miami Beach, Hollywood Hills and Tribeca.

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Speaker profile last updated by AAE Talent Team on 04/12/2024.

Brian Smith Videos

  • 5 Quick Tips on Getting Great Location Portraits with Brian Smith
    Photographer Brian Smith gives 5 quick tips on great location portrait photography. From choosing the best location to paying attention to natural...
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    Lecture Editorial Photography - Brian Smith
  • PIX2015 - A Conversation with Brian Smith, Celebrity Photographer - Sony
    Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith is the luckiest guy on the planet. He’s told Bill Gates exactly what to do for an entire hour,...

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    Brian Smith is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Art, Arts & Humanities, Authors, Creativity Speakers, Culture, Innovation, Journalism, News & Media, Photography.
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