Brian Smith on the greatest moments of his life and career

28 April 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith could easily be called the luckiest guy on the planet. He’s told Bill Gates exactly what to do for an entire hour, appeared on The X Factor, and experienced many other remarkable things. We spoke with Brian to find out how he does it all.

Describe the moment you knew photography changed your life
I’ve had many amazing experiences thanks to photography, but meeting my wife 23 years ago when I was in New York for PhotoPlus Expo at the top of the list. Winning a Pulitzer comes in second place.

If you could sum up your work in one word or one sentence, what would that be?
I take portraits that reveal the story of the people I photograph and share a bit of their soul with the world.

What is the most remarkable person, place or thing you have ever photographed and why?
I’ve had so many great experiences thanks to photography that it’s tough to narrow it down to one. Though it’s really hard to top flying down to Richard Branson’s private island for Time Magazine to photograph Sir Richard wearing a space suit surrounded by the water of the Caribbean on Christmas Eve.

Talk to us about your bucket list... what is on the top of that list of things to photograph?
I think more in terms of projects and bodies of work than single photographs so I’m always looking for another great project like ART & SOUL.

If you had not become a photographer, what might you be today?
Less interesting.

Give us your thoughts about the Global Imaging Ambassadors programme?
Sony Artisan of Imagery is one of the coolest gigs I’ve ever had. It’s been a great opportunity to work with both Sony engineers who design the camers and show how that technology can help photographers .

What is your favourite Sony camera of the moment (explain why)?
I’m really digging the A7R these days, the resolution is really amazing - especially for such a camera that’s so small and light. Of course I’m also really looking forward to testing out the A7S in low-light.

Learn more about Brian Smith here