Born in Weymouth, Somerset, Jamie Smith began his photographic studies while at college in Kent. His degree show at Staffordshire University, a documentary project entitled ‘Social Entropy’ which explored the detritus left by the once-thriving pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent, and featured in The Guardian on graduating.
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 2009, 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 and the Middle East where he explores shifting industrial and 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 scrutinizing the sustainability of urban construction. In exploring unforgiving marginal social scenes, his photography introduces the viewer to the often-unappreciated relationship with their surroundings.
Whilst assisting photographers in London, he continued his documentary work inspired by the industrial landscapes he encountered during his degree work. Since then his professional career has seen commissions and published work with the Guardian, Telegraph, FT, Wallpaper, 125 and Foto8, whilst exhibiting with the AOP, HOST, Four Corners and WPOY.
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.
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