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, Adidas, 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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  • Women’s Health – Jump Rope

    Marcus’ new moving image for the December issue of Women’s Health.
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  • Women's Health - Jump Rope

    Marcus' new editorial for the December issue of Women's Health. 
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  • Chicago Magazine - Chicagoans of the Year

    Marcus photographed the honourees for Chicago Magazine's Chicagoans of the Year Issue which celebrates impactful social work.
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  • Rena

    Marcus collaborated with, choreographer and dancer, Rena Butler for this moving image piece. 
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  • Rena

    Marcus collaborated with, choreographer and dancer, Rena Butler for this personal series. 
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  • The New York Times - Roscoe Mitchell

    Marcus photographed jazz legend, Roscoe Mitchell for The New York Times.
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  • ESPN - LaMelo Ball

    For the latest edition of ESPN Cover Story, Marcus Smith photographed American basketball player, LaMelo Ball.
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  • The New York Times - Neha Shukla

    Marcus connected virtually with 15 year old inventor, Neha Shukla.
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