Tuesday, 2 February 2010

photographer anson smart

You name it. Editors. Stylists. Art directors. Even other photographers. Everyone I meet nominates Anson Smart as one of the best magazine photographers in Australia. He works regularly for fashion (marie claire), interiors (Belle), travel (Gourmet Traveller) and food magazines (Vogue Entertaining and Travel - vale) as well as publications such as the (sydney) magazine. Not bad for someone who studied aviation science! 

And as a side note, I always find it interesting who in-the-know types to get to take their portrait. For Sydney stylist Megan Morton it's often Anson. Yep, he's the one everyone wants.

Which five words best describe you? Energetic, easy going, curious, realist, practical.
How did you get your start in photography and what path have you taken since? After completing a science degree in Australia, I boarded a plane to escape starting a real job. I ended up in San Francisco and ended up falling in love with photography; I enrolled in a fine arts degree in SF. I returned to Australia and knocked on every door until I started getting assisting work and it all fell into place from there.
What advice would you give to aspiring photographers? Assist talented photographers whose work you admire. You get the opportunity to see the work process in practice from start to finish with all the highs and lows. Keep taking pictures, like any craft the more you do the better you become.
What’s your proudest career achievement? Doing what I love for a living and working for myself.
What has been your best decision? To follow a life path that I knew little about but was passionate about, my mom was determined I would have a "proper" career.
Who or what inspires you? Have a mission, plan ahead, question everything, listen, collaborate, assume nothing, study the past, keep it simple, communicate, draw a diagram, never sellout, push harder, say what you mean, be open, roll up your sleeves, dream, welcome change, add value, aim higher, do more with less, laugh, innovate, think sideways, focus, mean what you say, take it to the edge, relax... (Words stuck above my desk)
What are you passionate about? Photography, food, family, surfing and sleep (not in that order).
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Irving Penn.
What dream do you still want to fulfill? More time to relax and surf.
What are you reading? Malcolm Gladwell, What the Dog Saw.

images courtesy of anson smart


dana | yellowtrace blog said...

Wow, what a start to the interview season! Anson Smart is the name on everyone's lips when it comes to brilliant photography.

Thank you Natalie for a great interview, and for your fantastic blog. Your blog was one of the few that inspired me to start my very own.

My best,


jules @ The Diversion Project said...

Cool interview, and i love this guy's work everytime i see it.

Like his lists of inspirations!


C. Anne said...

His work is amazing! And he seems to have such a tenacious and focused spirit as well. Love his pictures of Natalia Vodianova's home & the food images are drool-worthy!

Cassandra said...

So nice to have you back! I missed your daily dose of freedom.

All the best, Cassandra

nevin said...

He is just brilliant..

Exquisite Accessories said...

Wish I could take pictures like that!

Elaine :)

Amanda said...

Thanks for this interview with a fabulous photographer.
I love the way the blog looks!

Natalie Walton said...

Thanks Dana - it's lovely to read such kind words, especially late on a Monday night!

Natalie Walton said...

Glad you all enjoyed the interview. Anson is a professional through and through. His images are divine and I want to put his inspiration list on my desk!

Roger Qian said...

I had the honour of working with Anson briefly on a few projects in the Summer of 2009 and what an amazing experience it was. In the space of a few days I had learnt a mountain of information about the industry, the experience completely changed my outlook on life and also prompted me to really rethink my goals and what I want to do with my future.

As summer is around the corner again I shall be knocking on some photographers doors, and your posts really outline the professionals in the industry so they will help.

Great website.

Huw Lambert said...

I had the pleasure of doing a few days photography assisting work with Anson last year. A true professional - he's every bit as creative, methodical and technically brilliant as you'd expect, aswell as down to earth and approachable.

Very insightful interview, well done!



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