Brian Smith

Artisan of Imagery

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, appeared on X Factor, had an exhibit at the Library of Congress, dined with the President and 3,000 of their closest friends, had cupcakes with Anne Hathaway, gotten drunk with George Clooney and married the most beautiful woman he ever laid eyes on…

For the past 30 years, his bold, graphic portraits of famous celebrities, athletes and executives have appeared in advertising and have graced the covers and pages of hundreds of magazines. His first magazine photograph appeared in LIFE Magazine when Smith was a 20-year-old journalism 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.

“Sony’s Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 is the sharpest  zoom on the planet. If I could only own one lens this would be it.”

His work has been exhibited at the Library of Congress, Aperture Gallery, Chelsea Art Museum and the W Los Angeles. His book ART & SOUL, done in partnership with The Creative Coalition with support from Sony features Smith’s portraits of celebrities with their messages about the importance of finding the arts.

Smith has been featured on the cover of the Photo District News Portraiture Issue and the Communication Arts Photography Annual, American PHOTO, Popular Photography, Digital Photo Pro, Rangefinder and After/Capture magazines. His work has appeared in hundreds of magazines including Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Time, Forbes, New York Times Magazine and British GQ.

Brian Smith is a Sony Artisan of Imagery, Loweprofessional and X-Rite Coloratti. He has appeared on X Factor and Fine Living Network. He is President of Editorial Photographers, an organization of the top magazine photographers and newspaper photojournalists from around the world and frequently a speaker at photography seminars and to photo students at colleges, universities and art institutes around the country.

ART & SOUL: Stars Unite To Celebrate and Support the Arts

Brian Smith’s celebrity portraits have appeared on the covers and within the pages of countless entertainment and news publications. The Creative Coalition’s arts advocacy programs, led by Robin Bronk, are well-known and respected in Hollywood and Washington circles. Their shared commitment to the arts led to their collaboration on a uniquely powerful campaign to raise awareness of the role of the arts in America, and culminates in the upcoming release of ART &SOUL: Stars Unite to Celebrate and Support the Arts.

Tim Daly, actor and President of The Creative Coalition, explains the mission of the book, “ART & SOUL couples unique portraits of today’s most recognizable faces with their poignant narratives. These stories are illustrative of the unique power of the arts to feed the soul.”

The project, made possible with generous support from Sony Electronics and was photographed exclusively with their a900 DSLR camera, includes 123 stunning portraits accompanied by inspiring handwritten stories from the world’s most beloved and legendary actors, actresses, comedians and musicians. Celebrities featured in the book include Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, Patricia Arquette, Adrien Brody, Alyssa Milano, Adrian Grenier, Taraji P. Henson, Tony Bennett, Amanda Peet, Kelsey Grammer, Paula Abdul, Tim Daly, Taye Diggs, Samuel L. Jackson, and many others.  

ART & SOUL is the cornerstone of a grassroots campaign that focuses national attention on the need to ensure that arts in America thrive and flourish.