Marcus Smith

Marcus Smith traces back much of his blistering creative talent to his childhood in Chicago. A keen athlete, he would go on to become one of the most in-demand sports photographers working today.

His early love of colouring books shaped his confident use of light and distinctive colour palette. And as a nine-year-old, he would hire his drawing skills out to his less-talented classmates, an early example of his hustle. Marcus studied Business Economics, and it was in college he first became interested in photography, shooting his musician friends. On graduating, he followed his creative instincts, albeit with a savvy sense of supply and demand from his studies.
He describes himself as a chameleon, able to adapt his style to both an intimate one-on-one shoot and a full-scale ad production. He likes to over-prepare in advance, but on set he is reactive, finding the real and the stripped-back shot in even staged scenarios.Shooting local high school sports teams he developed a raw, authentic look which stood out from the comic-book superhero style that was then in fashion. He was ahead of the curve, and has gone on to shoot superstars like Serena Williams, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant’s end-of-an-era retirement campaign for Nike.
Other clients include Abercrombie & Fitch, Apple, Air Jordan, Asics, Athleta, BEATS by DRE, Bose, Chicago Magazine, ESPN, Gillette, GQ, IKEA, New Era, The New York Times, Nike, The North Face, FinishLine, Pepsi, Powerade, Puma, Reebok,  UnderArmour and Women’s Health.

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  • EA Sports - Madden 22

    Marcus captured American footballer's Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady for the stills and moving cover of EA Sports Madden 22.
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  • Nike Basketball x Space Maker

    Marcus' new Nike Basketball campaign for the Space Maker Air Zoom GT Cut shoe in collaboration with WNBA star Sabrina Ionescu
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  • Beats by Dre x Faze Clan

    Marcus virtually photographed the Powerbeats Pro, the latest collaboration from Beats by Dre and Faze Clan.
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  • Nissan - Black History Month

    In honour of Black History Month Nissan presents a celebration of innovative music producers who drive America's music. 
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  • Gatorade Bolt24

    Gatorade's Bolt24 campaign featuring athletes, Serena Williams, Fernando Tatis  Jr. and Damian Lillard. 
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  • Colour Me Happy

    Marcus' personal series 'Colour Me Happy',  featured in The Photographic Journal.
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  • Air Jordan XXXII China

    Marcus photographed China’s first ever Jordan brand athlete, for the Air Jordan XXXIII, shot in Shanghai.
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  • Adidas - Willow Smith

    In collaboration with Adidas Running  Marcus photographed Willow Smith for their new Futurecraft project.
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