Inside the Photographer’s Mind: Photojournalist Frank Smith

Photojournalist Frank Smith shoots philanthropic work that’s brought him to some of the darkest parts of humanity. 

On our most recent episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind, we talked to Photojournalist Frank Smith–who has worked to be a very special photojournalist. Most of the work that we know from photojournalists are seen in media, but Frank’s is quite different. He’s often commissioned by non-profits with causes that stem in different countries. For example, he shared with us one particular story of being in a brothel in India and this being one of the scariest moments of his life.

Frank started with photography when he was very young. His grandfather was a studio shooter, but back then he only ever knew the more personal side of his grandfather’s work–which was all the times he went around with the family. That got Frank into photography–well, that and seeing an image come to life in the darkroom. Frank has been shooting for many years and has been working as a photojournalist–even assisting for photojournalists at the UN. These days, he’s also an Olympus Visionary.

In this episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind, we spoke with Frank a bit about the work that he does, but we mostly focused on how he goes about creating his images. Sometimes there are language barriers that he needs to get around and in situations like that he reasoned with us that it’s become much easier with digital photography because we can show an image to someone immediately. But besides this, Frank also told us a whole lot about his interior work, landscape work, and travel work.

While lots of photographers travel for the simple wanderlust, Frank had very carefully motivated reasons–something that not every photographer gets to do unfortunately.

We hope you enjoy this episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind; we’ll be back next month!