Gareth Smit is an independent visual storyteller currently based in New York. Born in 1990 in Heidelberg, South Africa, he began his career as a freelance photographer and writer at Independent Newspapers in Cape Town. His photography, videography and writing have been published in in the The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker and Internazionale Magazine.

Smit completed his undergraduate studies in History, Philosophy and Spanish at the University of Cape Town. In 2013 he was awarded a Harry Crossley Research Fellowship to complete a graduate honour’s degree in analytical philosophy at the same institution. Smit is a 2015 alum of the International Centre of Photography which he attended through a fellowship from the the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust. In November 2015, he completed the Reporting Safely in Crisis Zones training at Columbia University' s Journalism School. 

Currently he is based in New York where he works as a freelance photojournalist and videographer.

Partial Client List:

The New York Times, The Washington PostThe New Yorker, The Associated Press, Talking Eyes MediaWNETInternazionale Magazine (Italy), Zeit Online (Germany), The Sunday Times (South Africa), The Goethe-Institut, ASSITEJ South Africa, Independent Newspapers (South Africa).


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Awards and Exhibitions

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