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Sebastian Smith


A 2017 EMMY-nominated filmographer and internationally recognized photographer known for his thought-provoking visuals and high-profile clientele, Sebastian Smith came from humble beginnings. Born in the back seat of a Cadillac in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1971, Smith was adopted as an infant and taken to Europe where he spent his formative years living in England, Italy, Austria, Germany, Iceland, and the city he considers home, Paris. He moved back to the U.S. at 13 years old and resided in Washington D.C. before attending university at the Art Institute and Carnegie Mellon. He went onto to join the Airforce spending time in Kuwait and Iraq where he subsequently discovered his love of photography.

Like all artists hungry for the next big thing, Smith moved to NYC in 2001. After a series of unfortunate events, he found himself homeless on the streets of New York before meeting a
woman on the subway who changed the course of his life forever. “I met a woman and we got to talking. I told her my story of how I became homeless and she gave me money to get back on my feet. I took that money and immediately bought new clothes, and for the first time in almost six months looked I respectable.” Portfolio in hand, Smith booked a meeting with Vera Wang and was hired on the spot. This led to contracts with brands like Saks Fifth Avenue and Valentino, and from there his career blossomed.

Smith was named as a top emerging artist in 2013 by Photo District News’ ​Emerging Photographers​ magazine. Today, his portfolio features a distinguished client list that includes
internationally respected fashion designers, high-profile magazines and A-List celebrities. His most recent work has appeared in advertising campaigns and magazines throughout the U.S. and Europe including France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, England, Portugal and Poland. His work is currently represented by two galleries: Happy Artist in Paris and Mitchell Hill Gallery in South Carolina.

Clients:​ ​

Cosmopolitan​, ​Glamour​, ​L’Officiel I​ taly, ​LOOK​ UK, ​WWD, Details​, ​CREEM​, ​ICON​, ​Zink magazine, ​Surface​, ​S​ magazine, ​Zoot​ magazine, ​Linea​ magazine, ​Faces​ magazine, ​Elements magazine, ​New York Moves​ magazine, ​Exclusiv​ magazine, ​Talk​ magazine, ​Fashion Trend magazine, ​TJF ​magazine, ​Sophisticated Style​ magazine, ​Focus​ magazine​, Women’s Health magazine, ​Thrillist​, ​Huffington Post​, ​New York Post Valentino Red, Barney’s, Vera Wang, Diesel, VA BIEN Lingerie, Alice and Olivia, Victoria’s Secret Beauty, Hunter Boots, Sephora, LoveCat, Jacques Fath, Kaufman Franco, Amazon Music, Off 5th, Parker Guitars, Hotel Regina in Paris, Gilt Group, Southwest Airlines, MCA Records, Hanes, Pink Tartan, Sony, NFocus, Philips UK, JCPenny, , Make Up For Ever, Skindinavia, Inglot, Saks Fifth Avenue, Arrojo, Jack Threads, Schuco UK, YWCA, 2nd Harvest, Inspirato by American Express

Notables: ​

Dolly Parton, Jay Cutler, CREED, Scott Stapp, Florida Georgia Line, Chip Eston, Big Kenny, Kim Kardashian, Saffron Burrows, Meagan Boone, Amir Arison, Lisa Marie, Danielle Brooks, Lidia Bastianich, Eliza Coupe, Gillian Jacobs, Kim Alexis, Naomi Campbell, Nolan Ryan, Lindsay Rowley, Kris Humphries, Bailey Alexandra, Martina Navratilova, Anna Anissimova, Stephanie Stoczak, Martin Miller, Kolby Koloff, Byrdie Bell, Andy Dick, Bastian Baker, The Naked and Famous, Tim Bluhm, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Electra Mustaine, Charlotte Kemp Mulh, Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, Krystal Ball, James Dolan, Sam Reid, Yara Martinez, Tiffani Amber Theissen, Mike Farris, Bastian Baker, Candi Carpenter. The Bearing Torches, Jackie

Gallery Shows:

VUE Studio, Permanent Exhibit, Nashville (2019);

Rolls Royce: She Rocks/He Rolls, Nashville (2019);

Garland and Popcorn, Group Exhibit, Charleston (2018);

Cats and Dogs, Vendue Arts, Charleston (2017);

Gallery Luperca, Solo Show, Nashvile (2018);

The Gibbs Museum, Art On Paper Exhibition, Charleston (2016);

Michael Mitchell Gallery, Charleston (2014);

Honest Artists Gallery show, Paris (2014);

SS Gallery, L.A. (2013);

Win-Initiative, Take 5 Gallery, NYC (2012);

Young Photographers Alliance, Group Show, NYC (2012)

Acknowledgments: ​

EMMY Nomination: ​Treehouse Addiction Campus​, film (2017); ​Digi Pro Photo​ magazine, Emerging Pro Photographer (2013); APA Award Winner, Fashion Category (2013); Photo District News’ ​Emerging Photographers​ magazine: Emerging Pro Photographer (2013); Sony Pro (2011 – 2014)

Speaking Engagements:

Set Etiquette: How to make the best first impression, VUE (2017);

iPhonography, the art of the iPhone, AMUA (2017);

Multiple Understanding Photography Engagements (2015 – 2017);

The Artists Summit, Understanding lighting (2014);

PDN Photo-Expo – 14 speaking and shooting expositions with SONY (2013);

Hallmark School Speaking engagement, Topic: Bridging the gap between Art and Commerce (2013);

SONY NYPH-12 Shooting exposition;

Talk with the Win-Initiative (2012); Win-Initiative Take 5 (2012)

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