Steven G. Smith

Steven G. Smith Photographer
Steven G. Smith, Visual Journalism

 

Steven G. Smith is a Pulitzer Prize-winning hybrid photojournalist and professor of visual journalism at the University of Connecticut. His work is built around an aesthetic drawn from his appreciation for people, culture, and art. His passion is the pursuit of the intersection between the visual arts and photojournalism.

For more than 25 years, Steven G. Smith’s images have graced the pages and the airwaves of the most prominent media organizations, including The New York Times, Time, USA Today, ABC News, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic Channel, ESPN The Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, CNN, Public Broadcasting Service, Time.com, Smithsonian Magazine, the Associated Press, MSNBC.com, Life and Corbis Images photo agency.

Smith has enjoyed a wonderful career, both as a freelancer for top media outlets as well as holding staff positions at distinguished institutions, including the E.W. Scripps Company The Commercial Appeal, The Albuquerque Tribune and The Rocky Mountain News.

During more than 12 years as a staff photojournalist, Smith has won dozens of awards for his images from notable organizations, including the Pulitzer Prize, National Press Photographers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of News Design, SSF World Sports Photography Contest and the Associated Press.

Smith has also won 10 POYi awards over the years from Pictures of the Year International (POYi), including five individual awards such as 1st Place Feature Photography, 1st Place Magazine Pictorial, as well as prestigious team honors like the Angus McDougal Award for Overall Excellence.

Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize four times, Smith won the award in 2002 as part of a group of photographers who contributed to a large photo essay on the Colorado Wildfires for The Rocky Mountain News. Smith received a second nomination that year as well — for his visual reportage of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics.

 

Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize (shared award, photo essay, print, and multimedia)

 

Embracing the convergence brought about by the digital revolution, Smith mentors students in the incorporation of cinematic principles into multimedia visual journalism, and his work recently won Best in Show in the S.T.E.A.M. category of the New Media Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Smith’s images have been exhibited at some of the most prominent institutions in the field, including The Smithsonian, the National Press Club, The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, The International Professional Photography Hall of Fame and the Science Museum. He also has a photograph on permanent exhibit at The Newseum, showcasing his Pulitzer Prize-winning image.

Smith is currently a regular contributor to The Boston Globe, and he continues to work on a variety of freelance projects.

Steven has been blessed with an enjoyable career he loves, which has enabled him to work with amazing people. Happily married to his wife Gwyn, together they raised two sons, Luke and Cole. Gwyn and Steven enjoy hiking in the woods with their dog, Red. Steven also values the time he spends volunteering with organizations such as Help Portraits, a group that creates holiday portraits for families in need.

 

Areas of interest: Photography, Filmmaking, Cinematography, and Photojournalism

  • Artistic expression and its intersection with storytelling
  • Visual Storytelling
    • Documentary Photo Essay
    • Multimedia
    • Video, Cinematic Journalism
    • Documentary Films
    • Time-lapse Cinematography
    • Digital Media Production
    • Aerial Cinematography, FAA Certified
  • Design Thinking, Editorial Design
  • Editorial Portrait Photography

Website at www.stevengsmith.com, 

Instagram @stevengsmith_pictures

 

Sample Clients / Publication List:List of publications
FAA Licensed Drone Pilot
FAA Licensed UAS Remote Pilot

Sample Visual Journalism

 

 

 

Documentary Photojournalism
Documenting Human Rights issues in Brazil. Photos by Steven G. Smith ©
Documenting victims of hate crimes.

 

Photo by Steven G. Smith
                   National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), American Master Artist Grant

 

 

Short Form Video Steven G. Smith
                                                                                 Award Winning Short Film, 1st Place, New Media Film Festival, Los Angeles, S.T.E.A.M. Category

 

 

 

 

Steven G. Smith Award Winning Editorial Photographer
Winning images from the Society of News Design, Communication Arts, and the Best of Photojournalism.

 

 

 

Award Winning Photojournalist Steven G. Smith
Winning images from Pictures of the Year International (POYi)

 

 

Under the Dark Sky, Documentary Photo Essay, Book Published in 2018 by Wesleyan University Press 

 

 

 

Student Work

Still Images

 

‘Hooked’: Dreams and Tribulations of a Young Man in Brooklyn Photo by Alyssa Hughes
‘Hooked’: Dreams and Tribulations of a Young Man in Brooklyn              Photo by Alyssa Hughes ©
UConn women's basketball forward Morgan Tuck fights for a loose ball during a regional semifinal game of the 2016 NCAA women's tournament game against Mississippi State at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Photo by Bailey Wright
UConn women’s basketball forward Morgan Tuck fights for a loose ball during a regional semifinal game of the women’s tournament game against Mississippi State at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Photo by Bailey Wright ©
Junior Ryan Boatright looks on as fans of the University of Connecticut men's basketball team go crazy in attempt to distract a player from the University of Florida as he takes a free throw. The Huskies played the Florida Gators in December of the 2013-2014 season and won 65-64 off of a buzzer-beater from senior standout Shabazz Napier.
Junior Ryan Boatright looks on as fans of the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team go crazy in an attempt to distract a player from the University of Florida as he takes a free throw. The Huskies played the Florida Gators and won 65-64 off of a buzzer-beater from senior standout Shabazz Napier. Photo by Hayley Tafuro ©

 

Lallan Schoenstein, left center, trades impassioned remarks with her friend at the International Working Women’s Day Rally at the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Factory Memorial at 23 Washington Place, Manhattan, on March 8, 2014. Schoenstein, 73, said the rally gave her a “chance to express solidarity with women around the world, particularly, women in the workforce.”
Lallan Schoenstein, left center, trades impassioned remarks with her friend at the International Working Women’s Day Rally at the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Factory Memorial at 23 Washington Place, Manhattan. Schoenstein, 73, said the rally gave her a “chance to express solidarity with women around the world, particularly, women in the workforce.” Photo by Ryan King ©

 

Student Work, Motion Projects

Short Docs

 

Animated Infographic