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Brian Smith: Color and Burlesque


When Brian Smith became a professional photographer more than 25 years ago, he started as a newspaper photographer. About 14 years ago, what began as stepping-stone into celebrity photography has grown into a life-long passion. Brian Smith, an X-Rite Coloratti and Sony Artisan, has photographed the superstars of the burlesque world throughout his professional career for a book project. Years ago with the transition from film to digital, he was faced with the same challenge recognized by many photographers, how to ensure the color, look and feel of the images match over such a long time period. Watch as Brian explains his process during a real burlesque shoot.

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith has been creating bold, graphic images of celebrities, athletes and executives for magazines and advertising for more than 25 years. Smith's photographs of famous and infamous faces of the noteworthy and notorious have graced the covers and pages of hundreds of magazines. His first magazine photograph appeared in LIFE Magazine when he was a 20-year-old journalism student at the University of Missouri. Just five years later, Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for his photographs of the Los Angeles Olympic Games. He was again a finalist for the Pulitzer for his photographs of Haiti in Turmoil. His photograph of Greg Louganis hitting his head on the diving board at the Seoul Olympics won first place in both World Press Photo and the Pictures of the Year competitions.