Andrew Smith was born in Exeter, England in 1968. He studied Geography at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica, graduating in 1995. He lives and works in Kingston, Jamaica, teaching photography, exhibiting work and writing for various publications. As a freelance photographer, he has a particular interest in environmental and conservation issues.
Freelance photographer Andrew Smith lives and works in Kingston, Jamaica. Born in Exeter, England in 1968, he went to the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica to study Geography in 1988. He joined the UWI Camera Club and combined his love of geography and photography to discover Jamaica’s rich natural heritage.
After a career in the financial and investment sector, he established himself as a freelance photographer and writer in 1998. He has written for many popular, lifestyle and tourism publications in Jamaica and has a particular interest in environmental and conservation issues. Clients have included the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica, the Jamaica Conservation & Development Trust and the British Council.
For two years he was a photography tutor at the University of Technology, Kingston. He works in both black and white and colour. The 2001 group exhibition in Kingston ‘Private Thoughts in Public Spaces’ included works by Smith on the importance of water in the natural and human environment.
In 2001, he photographed on Jamaica’s offshore Morant Cays, capturing the vibrancy and colour of the island’s oldest protected area. In 2002 he travelled to Malawi to investigate the potential humanitarian disaster arising from the failure of that year’s maize crop.
He was one of two photographers from Jamaica selected for the Liquid Light artists exchange, initiated by the Picture House Centre for Photography in Leicester, England. In 2002 he worked in the East Midlands region, making work which focused on a culture in transition and in search of an identity. The exhibition toured several venues in England.
Andrew Smith is currently Photography Editor at ‘The Gleaner’ newspaper in Kingston.
Andrew Smith was born in Exeter, England in 1968. He studied Geography at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica, graduating in 1995. After five years working in the financial and investment sector in Jamaica, he became a freelance photographer and writer in 1998. He lives in Kingston, Jamaica, where he teaches and exhibits photography, writes for various publications and works as Photography Editor for The Gleaner newspaper.
Published articles and visuals include:
Contributions to ´Moods of Jamaica´ (pub. Moods of Mann, Isle of Mann)
´Skywritings´, Air Jamaica´s Inflight Magazine
´Unfold´ Magazine - The Soul of the Caribbean
Contributions to ´Insight Guide: Jamaica´ (pub. Apa Publications GmbH & Co. Verlag KG, 2000)
Exhibition / Installation
2002/03 ´Liquid Light´, Picture House Centre for Photography, Leicester, England, touring exhibition & publication
2002 ´Private Thoughts in Public Places´, group exhibition with two other visual artists, Mutual Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica
2001 Under 40 Artist of the Year, finalist and exhibitor in competition, Mutual Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica
2002 Liquid Light, 6 week photography exchange and residency, Picture House Centre for Photography, Leicester, England
2002 Kodak Professional 2003 Caribbean Calendar Competition - 5 winning entries
2001-02 Commonwealth Photo Award, ´Highly Commended´
Information on Liquid Light project in the East Midlands, UK
Review of ´Converging Thoughts and Spaces´ exhibition in Kingston, Jamaica