Born In Weymouth, Somerset, Jamie Smith began his photographic studies while at college in Kent. After graduating In photography from Staffordshire University, his degree show ‘Social Entropy’, a project that documented the crumbling remains of the once international British potteries industry, was featured by the Guardian newspaper.
Jamie's documentary work has been exhibited as part of the AOP's 'Sublime' Show, his architectural work was featured as a finalist in the prestigious Andrew Martin Design Review and in 2008 he won the Urban & Garden Prize in the Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Awards. His personal projects have taken him around Europe, America, North Africa and the Middle East, where he explores shifting industrial/urban landscapes and social change.
While his work acts primarily as a record of social and industrial anthropology, it also explores the inherent aesthetic qualities of entropic decay and highlights the importance of scrutinising the sustainability of urban construction. In exploring unforgiving marginal social scenes, his photography introduces the viewer to the often-unappreciated beauty in their everyday surroundings.
Allowing the character and atmosphere of a landscape to speak for itself; his straight, objective approach often serves to create a tension between the social reality of urban existence and the beautiful aesthetics often created in the process.
His professional career has seen commissions and published work with the guardian, telegraph, FT, Wallpaper, 125, AD and Foto8 , whilst exhibiting with the AOP, HOST, Four Corners,V&A and Natural History Museum.
Based out of his studio in east London, Jamie’s commercial work specialises In architecture, design and portraiture, whilst his video work documents artisanal craft.