Still Life Photographer
Dan Tobin Smith specialises in still life and installation photography, his meticulously constructed images and in-camera approach have enabled him to collaborate with some of the world’s biggest brands, across fashion, music, publishing and advertising, including; Wallpaper, Rimowa, Nike, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Craig Green, Apple, Audi, Alexander McQueen, Johnnie Walker, and Gemfields, making him one of the leaders in his field.
His first solo exhibition “Imaginary View” was staged at Somerset House in 2013 followed by “The First Law of Kipple” which launched in 2014 at Dan’s London studio during London Design Week bringing him critical acclaim. In 2019 Dan created “VOID” as part of the London Design Festival Commissions. The immersive installation, described by Vogue as “breathtaking”, saw visitors walk through a series of large-scale projections showing magnified photos of the inside structure of semi-precious gemstones.
Alongside commissions, Dan’s ongoing project ‘Alphabetical’ is an exploration of typography and perspective, each letter is constructed using anamorphosis in which a three-dimensional structure creates the illusion of a flat letter when viewed from a certain angle. The project now incorporates 17 letters, 93 images, 4 films and a host of supporting material including permanent three-dimensional pieces.
Rimowa 80th anniversary film
Adidas Originals x Craig Green
Following the success of Dan’s ‘Kipple’ installation, he was commissioned by Absolut and BBH London to create a larger-than-life installation using rubbish from the streets of Los Angeles. Sorted by colour, 15,087 pieces of trash were transformed into a piece of art.
The installation lived as a billboard in Los Angeles for one week from April 22nd 2019 (Earth Day) bringing the city’s attention to human waste and its environmental impact. The project was documented throughout with a series of behind the scenes films which were screened on the billboards of L.A. Live, surrounding the physical artwork.
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