Vancouver-born photographer Brian K. Smith began capturing the world as a 10-year-old with a simple point and shoot camera. It was not long after that he was drawn to more sophisticated 35mm cameras and the magic of the darkroom – a world soaked in amber light where life’s fleeting moments could be reproduced in black and white.
Immediately after high school graduation, Brian attended the Professional Photography Program at Langara College, providing a solid foundation for a life-long career behind the lens. The nine to five has Brian capturing the essence of public healthcare as a medical/corporate photographer forProvidence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health, based out of the historic St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver. He is responsible documenting medical & scientific procedures, operating room photography, studio portraits, publications, public relations, high definition video camera work, and video conferencing.
Brian has operated his own professional photography business since 1992, specializing in travel, humanitarian, portrait, event, and fine art photography. Using the varied geography and culture of the world as inspiration, Brian has travelled to more than 40 countries. Journeys through Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Myanmar, the Mekong River, Laos, Cambodia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia (Borneo), China, and more recently, Tibet, contribute to the eastern influences woven throughout his work. This has provided him with material to host over 30 fine art gallery shows of his photography. His work has been featured on the CBC, Rogers Television, Kodak Canada’s national magazine, and many other publications.
Brian is a member of the Professional Photographers of Canada and the Lower Mainland regional chair for the Professional Photographers of Canada-BC. He is a Master of Photographic Arts (MPA) with an accreditation in travel illustration, nature, and scenic photography. Brian’s awards include the 2008 Nikon Award Of Excellence (PPOC-BC) and Best Portrait of a Man 2010 (PPOC-BC). He is an Association Member and active volunteer with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). Brian serves on the Creative Arts Advisory Board for Langara College.
Brian is also a writer, with numerous credits in print and digital magazines. Brian contributes various stories and images to What’s Brewing magazine, known as The Journal of BC’s Craft Beer Movement. He collaborates with editor and BCATW member Dave Smith to produce the cover photos for each issue.
Brian has been on assignment around the world, most frequently in Asia. Along with BCATW member Rick Green, Brian operates Adventurocity, an Asia-focussed travel business specializing in highly curated journeys.
- What’s Brewing: articles by Brian
- Time Before Present: Temples, Funerals And A Wedding
- Long Neck Of The Lake: A Tour On Inle Lake
- I’m Dreaming Of A Red Yao Christmas
- Comfort Food In The Heart Of China
- Portland plays the perfect host year round
- PPOC Lands in China
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Who I Am
Strive to bring the beauty I see to those around me
I’m a Vagabond – I travel to enrich my spirit and feed my soul.
I am curious about the diverse customs/cultures that make up the people on this planet.
I speak Spanish
I have traveled to Easter Island ( Chile ), Machu Picchu ( Peru ), Angkor Wat (Cambodia ), China ( 7 trips ), Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Burma, Bolivia, Argentina & Uruguay in the last 5 years – all AMAZING!
I love the wild music of waves on the shore…..
…..there’s roads and there roads and they call – can’t you hear it?
Roads of the Earth and roads of the Spirit.
The best roads of all are the ones that aren’t certain.
One of those is where you’ll find me till they drop the big curtain….
I’ll be a child of the wind till the end of my day. ( Bruce Cockburn )