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.

www.marcus-smith.com

  • Nike Basketball x Space Maker

    The Air Zoom GT shoe campaign in collaboration with WNBA star Sabrina Ionescu.
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  • Rena

    A 'one man show' type of shoot, and it was a reminder of how rewarding and stressful the early days were.
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  • Air Jordan XXXII China

    China’s first ever Jordan brand athlete, shot in Shanghai.
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  • Nike BeTrue

    'True validation has to come from the inside because no matter how many milestones you reach, there will always be a new one.
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  • Abercombie & Fitch

    A film and stills campaign as part of a larger movement towards promoting greater diversity and inclusivity.
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  • Nissan - Black History Month

    A celebration of innovative music producers who drive America's music. 
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  • Illinois Lottery

    A campaign which allowed Marcus to bring his style and vision, despite the challenges of these uncertain times.
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  • Adidas - Willow Smith

    The Futurecraft Loop trainer is Adidas' very first running shoe that is entirely recyclable and is considered a turning point
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