CHRIS FRAZER SMITH is an acclaimed photographer whose work has taken him across the globe on behalf of a wide range of high profile clients

Portrait and people photographer Chris Frazer Smith was born in 1963 in the North West of England and grew up in East Anglia. He picked up his first camera at a very early age and has been shooting ever since. Shooting predominately portraiture & people, both commissioned and non-commissioned photography & film, on location and in the studio.

Chris's images capture life at home, work and play. His attention to narrative and detail are paramount and his strong sense of art direction allows him to work closely with creative teams from advertising agencies, publishers, record companies and design groups.

Preferring to show a larger proportion of non-commissioned work Chris's portfolios show personal projects, both stills and motion. His love affair with photography has sent him around the world shooting for commercial clients as well as personal projects, and when not shooting people he is often focusing his cameras, and more recently drones, on landscapes both rural and urban.

Chris has been recognised with numerous international awards from organisations including: The prestigious Lucie International Photographer of The Year Award, The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, The BJP Portrait Of Britain, The Association of Photographers, Communication Arts, American Photography, The Portrait Salon, The British Photography Awards Portrait Prize, The British Journal of Photography, Campaign Magazine, Creative Review, The Masters Cup, Applied Arts, One Eyeland and Photo District News. His work has been exhibited in galleries around the world including the National Portrait Gallery and The Royal Academy in London.

He has been a D&AD judge and continues to mentor & lecture students both on photography and film.


Association Of Photographers Awards 2020

Oxford International Film Festival 2020

Hold Still 2020 National Portrait Gallery

SENE Film Festival 2020

Dam Film Festival, Boulder City 2020

IPA Movement Awards 2020

British Photography Awards Portrait Prize 2020

Tally Film Festival, Tallahassee

Archive 200 Best Ad Photographers 2020

BJP Portrait Of Britain 2019

Bolton Film Festival 2019

National Portrait Gallery Only Human awards 2019

British Life Photography Awards 2019

Communication Arts Awards 2018

IPA Awards 2017

Applied Arts Awards, Canada 2017

Taylor Wessing Portrait Awards 2014

IPA Awards 2016

AOP Awards 2014

American Photography Awards 2014

Head On Festival Australia 2014

One Eyeland Best Of The Best 2014

Archive Top 200 Ad Photographers 2014

Applied Arts Awards, Canada 2014

One Eyeland Awards, Gold, Silver, Bronze 2013

AA Awards 2013

Archive Top 200 Ad Photographers 2012/13

Communication Arts Awards 2012

Foto8 Summer Exhibition 2012

American Photography Awards 2012

Applied Arts Awards, Canada 2012

Association Of Photographers Awards 2011

Foto8 Summer Exhibition 2011

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2011

Communication Arts Awards 2011

American Photography Awards 2011

Staffordshire Arts Festival, UK Shorts Runner Up, 2011

Archive Top 200 Ad Photographers 2010/11

Applied Arts Awards, Canada 2011

Campaign Top Ten Photographers 2010

Association Of Photographers Awards 2010

Campaign Photography Awards 2010

Best In Show Exhibition, Crane Kalman Gallery

International Photography Awards 2010

Foto8 Summer Show, London

Communications Arts Awards 2010

Masters Cup 2010

Applied Arts Awards, Canada 2010

Creative Review Photography Awards 2009

The British Journal Of Photography Awards 2009

Campaign Photography Awards 2009

Campaign Top Ten Photographers 2008

Archive Top 200 Ad Photographers 2008/09

International Photography Awards 2008

Creative Review Photography Awards 2008

Communication Arts Awards 2008

Creative Review Photography Awards 2007

Archive Top 200 Ad Photographers 2006/7

International Photography Awards 2007

IPA, Best In Show Exhibition 2007

International Photography Awards 2006

IPA, Best In Show Exhibition 2006

International Photography Awards 2005

Archive Top 200 Ad Photographers 2004/05

PDN Awards 2005

Communication Arts Awards 2004

American Photography Awards 2004

Association Of Photographers Awards 2004

International Photographer Of The Year Lucie Award 2003

Archive Top 200 Ad Photographers 2002/03

Campaign Poster Awards 2003



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