Matthew Jordan Smith
Matthew Jordan Smith is an American photographer best known for his portraits of celebrities and actors. Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry, Jennifer Connelly, Martha Stewart, Aretha Franklin and Samuel L. Jackson are just a few of the stars that he has worked with over the last three decades. He has shot numerous magazine covers, advertising campaigns, and editorial assignments around the world and his client list includes Olay, Pantene, Revlon, Sony Entertainment, HBO, Showtime and more.
His love of photography stretches far beyond his commissioned work and has inspired several personal projects including three published books. Sepia Dreams, published by St. Martin’s Press, is a collection of striking photographs and wise words from fifty celebrities who speak candidly with Smith about the motivations and qualities they believe made and kept them successful. His second book, Lost and Found was sponsored by the Microsoft Corporation and endorsed by The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It features moving portraits of families dealing with the loss of abducted, missing and exploited children. His third book, Future American President: 50 States, 100 Families, Infinite Dreams, features portraits of children from one hundred families and from every state in the union. Smith’s third book was created to inspire children to dream big knowing they have infinite possibilities. He is the recipient of several awards and honors, including the Microsoft Icon of Imaging Award, The George Eastman Power of Image Award and the Vision Award.
Matthew has appeared multiple times on the hit TV show America’s Next Top Model, and has been interviewed for In Style, Essence, Photo District News, Rangefinder, Zoom and Professional Photographer. In 2014, he was commissioned to photograph 75 movie directors, actors and artist in China and had a month long exhibit at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China.
A native of New York City, Matthew has taught at the prestigious School of Visual Arts, the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in New Mexico, and given seminars in Italy and Japan . He is a Nikon Ambassador, an active volunteer in the photographic community. Matthew is currently based in Japan working on a personal project but works between New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo.