Brian Smith (photographer)
|Born||July 16, 1959
Ames, Iowa, United States
|Nationality||American (United States)|
|Training||University of Missouri|
|Awards||Pulitzer Prize; Pictures of the Year|
Brian Smith (born July 16, 1959 Ames, Iowa) is an American portrait photographer best known for portraits of actors, business leaders, politicians, and athletes that are at once stylish and telling.
Early life 
Born in Ames, Iowa, Smith got his start in photography in high school as a stringer for the Ames Tribune. As a 20-year-old journalism student at the University of Missouri  his first magazine photograph was published in LIFE Magazine showing New York Yankees' manager Billy Martin crying at Thurman Munson’s funeral. He received his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.
Brian Smith's portraits of celebrities, athletes and business executives have appeared on the covers of magazines, including his photograph of Pope John Paul II, which was featured on the cover of the Newsweek Commemorative issue. 
The book Art & Soul features Smith's portraits of celebrities Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, Patricia Arquette, Adrien Brody, Alyssa Milano, Adrian Grenier, Taraji P. Henson, Tony Bennett, Kelsey Grammer, Paula Abdul, Tim Daly, Taye Diggs and Samuel L. Jackson accompanied by personal testimonials from each artist expressing their support for the importance of the arts in their lives.
Smith is President of Editorial Photographers (EP), a photography trade organization of magazine photographers and photojournalists from around the world. He has lectured at photography trade shows including PhotoPlus Expo, WPPI and Imaging USA    He has lectured students on the Business of Editorial Photography at Brooks Institute of Photography, Ohio University, Hallmark Institute  and the Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale Art Institutes.
Awards and honors 
While photography staff of the The Orange County Register, Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for photographs of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. In 1988, he and Carol Guzy were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for their photographs of Haiti in turmoil for the Miami Herald
His photograph of Greg Louganis hitting his head on the diving board at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games won first prize in the Sports category of the 1988 World Press Photo and was featured in Photo District News as a memorable sports photograph.
- Art & Soul: Stars Unite to Celebrate and Support the Arts ISBN 1936297469 2011
- Secrets of Great Portrait Photography: Portraits of the Famous and Infamous ISBN 0321804147 2012
He lives in Miami Beach, Florida, United States with his wife, fashion stylist Fazia Ali. He is the son of Iowa State University Industrial Engineering professor-emeritus Gerald W. Smith author of Engineering Economy: Analysis of Capital Expenditures.
- Schonauer, David. "Preview: Photographer Brian Smith's Portrait Secrets" Pro Photo Daily October 5, 2012
- University of Missouri Journalism Alumni
- Newsweek, April 11, 2005
- Art & Soul Book Launch
- Editorial Photographers
- PhotoPlus Expo, accessed 2/22/2013
- WPPI, accessed 2/22/2013
- Imaging USA, accessed 2/22/2013
- Brian Smith Speaks at Hallmark Institute of Photography
- "One of Ten Voted Off", The X Factor (U.S.), November 17, 2011
- "Me -vs- Me: Sports Photography", Fine Living Network, October 8, 2006
- The Pulitzer Prizes, accessed 5/18/2009
- World Press Photo 1988, accessed 12/14/2009
- Photo District News 20th Anniversary Issue
- Brian Smith Pictures
- Brian Smith's Blog
- Editorial Photographers
- Meet the Author: Brian Smith on iTunes
- Video Interview: Secret of Great Portrait Photography with Brian Smith
- X-Rite/Sony Webinar: Brian Smith - Create the Look
- The Candid Frame Podcast: Brian Smith
- Model Mayhem Interview: Brian Smith
- B&H Insights: Brian Smith on How to Take Better Portraits
- The Business of Editorial Photography