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Episode 22: Matthew Jordan Smith

February 7, 2008

mjs_thumb.jpgEarly in his career as a photo assistant in New York, the creative director for a large client took Matthew Jordan Smith aside (he was the only African American on the set) and suggested he go to Europe first to start his career, then come back as a European. He’d be taken more seriously then. That just gave Matthew fuel to succeed. And boy, did he succeed. As one of the first five photographers sponsored by Microsoft, his clientele includes some of the top celebrities: Halle Berry, Sam Jackson, Oprah, Jeff Goldblum, Queen Latifah, Michael Jordan, his good friend Tyra Banks, and more. His commercial clients include the likes of L’Oreal and Revlon. He’s an international speaker, instructor, humanitarian, and author. In this inspiring interview, our first in a series of African American photographers, MJS talks about overcoming adversity, writing his book Sepia Dreams, shooting for the book “Lost and Found” (a book about families of missing children), and his journey as a Preacher’s Kid (PK) from South Carolina, to internationally acclaimed New York and L.A. photographer. I don’t care if you’re black, white, yellow, or purple, this interview will inspire you! (photo of Matthew by Maria Dickerson).


Next week, wedding and portrait photographer and speaker, Travis Broxton.

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