Steven G. Smith

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

Steven G. Smith is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and professor of visual journalism at the University of Connecticut.

For more than 25 years, Smith’s pictures and video works have been featured by prominent media organizations, including The New York Times, Time, ABC News, The New York Times Magazine, the National Geographic Channel, ESPN, CNN, PBS Public Broadcasting Service, Smithsonian Magazine, and MSNBC.com. 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 visual arts and storytelling.

His films have been exhibited internationally including in the New Media Film Festival in Los Angeles, Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival, New Zealand, Planet in Focus, International Film & Video Festival, Toronto, Canada. His short films have garnered a number of accolades including a first place at the New Media Film Festival in Los Angeles, and one of his films was selected as one of the “best short films of the last ten years” at the Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival, New Zealand.

He is the author of Under the Dark Sky, Life in the Thames River Basin, Wesleyan University Press, published 2018. This photo essay book offers a portrait of a region that extends from southern Massachusetts through Connecticut to the Long Island Sound. Sometimes called “the Last Green Valley” or “the Quiet Corner,” this region was designated a Natural Heritage Corridor in 1994 because it is one of the last remaining stretches of green in the area and boasts some of the most extensive unbroken forests in southern New England.

 

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

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, the World Sports Photography Contest, and the Associated Press. He has also received the prestigious Portfolio Award from the Society of News Design.

Smith has also won ten awards from Pictures of the Year International (POYi), including five individual awards such as 1st Place Feature Photography, 1st Place Magazine Pictorial, and prestigious team honors such as the Angus McDougal Award for Overall Excellence. Pictures of the Year International garners thousands of professional entries each year and is considered one of the world’s preeminent documentary storytelling contests.

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

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 had a photograph on permanent exhibit at The Newseum, showcasing one of his Pulitzer Prize-winning images. Moreover, his work has received recognition from National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as an American Master Artist Grant.

Steven has an enjoyable career that he loves, which has enabled him to work with amazing people. He’s happily married to his wife Gwyn, and together they have two sons, Luke and Cole. Gwyn and Steven enjoy hiking in the woods with their dogs, Red and Lily. 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: Photojournalism, Cinematography and New Media Design

  • 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 @uconnjournalism

 

Sample Clients / Publication List:List of publications

 

 

Samples of 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

 

 

 

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