Profiles in Photography Dan Tobin Smith

dantobinsmith3Though he’s only been shooting professionally since graduating from the London School of Communication back in 1999, Dan Tobin Smith has been around cameras and photography since he was a small lad.

His father was a photography teacher who would often let his son tag along on the occasional freelance assignment he would take on, assuming it was appropriate (Penthouse Magazine was one of dad’s clients). Stints in several art schools helped finalize the mold.

Fast-forward to the present and Dan Tobin Smith has established himself as a serious contender in the commercial world. And though he mostly shoots still life these days, the skills and style he honed in his earlier days shooting interiors on is quite evident in his current work. Many of his larger still life works are in many ways installations with blatant architectural overtones. Working out of his London studio, Dan shoots wildly imaginative imagery for a variety of advertising and editorial clients. Included in this roster are Wallpaper Magazine, Sony, Birds Eye, Another Magazine, British Air, Bacardi, The NY Times Style Magazine, iD Magazine, Creative Review Annual, Kilimanjaro Magazine, and Sumo. Dan’s work is detail oriented and he relies on a professional group of creative types to pull off many of the shots he stages, and in this case ‘stages’ is an appropriate word to use when describing the nature of his imagery. Many of his photographs are complex on a grand scale, while others are equally complex within the confines of a tabletop.

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