Gareth Smit was born in 1990 in Heidelberg, South Africa. His graduate studies were in Philosophy and History at the University of Cape Town. Smit is a 2015 alumnus of the International Center of Photography in New York. 

His work focuses on the intersections of land, memory and trauma. He has worked extensively in Southern and East Africa, as well as in the United States where he has been based since 2014. In his personal and assignment work he has documented issues relating to migration, race, identity and violence with a particular interest in how land and history shape the present.

His photography, writing and videography have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The New Yorker. 

He is based in Brooklyn, New York.

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Awards and Exhibitions

2018 - Magnum Foundation On Religion Grantee: The Place Where Clouds Are Formed (in production).

2017 - North Shore (Solo Show), Alice Austen House, Staten Island, N.Y. 

2017 - Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation Fellowship recipient

2016 - Design Trust for Public Space Photo Urbanism Fellow

2016 - 4th Annual New York Portfolio Reviews participant

2016 - World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass Nominee

2016 - Staten Island Unlimited, Alice Austin House, Staten Island, N.Y. 

2016 - Looking Through: Photography, Race and Identity, Adelphi University, N.Y.

2015  - Award of Excellence - Individual Multimedia Story or Essay. 70th College Photographer of the Year (CPOY)

2015 - Rita K. Hillman Award of Excellence, International Centre of Photography, N.Y.

2015 - Tipping Point, International Centre of Photography, N.Y.

2014 - Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Fellowship for International Post-Graduate Study

2014 - Alan and Alice Model Merit Scholarship, International Centre of Photography, N.Y. 

2013 - Harry Crossley Research Fellowship, University of Cape Town, South Africa

2001 - Silver - News, Fujifilm Professional Photographer's Awards, South Africa