Born and raised in New York, Brian Bowen Smith became a professional photographer by a less traditional route than most. After catching the eye of legendary photographer Herb Ritts while performing as a pro athlete, and a subsequent invitation to appear in a Gap campaign, Herb became his mentor and friend.

Four years as Herb’s assistant helped Brian to find his personal photographic style, and assignments for W, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Self & Interview soon followed. Brian has been working steadily ever since.

Brian lives in Los Angeles with his wife and young son.