Vanessa-Williams Matthew Jordan Smith
Vanessa Williams by Matthew Jordan Smith

You may have heard about Matthew Jordan Smith from one his highly popular fashion photography courses on (including an upcoming CreativeLive class on how to launch your career with personal projects), or from his appearances on America’s Next Top Model. There is also a good chance you may have seen his images, whether it’s a beauty advertisement image with L’Oreal or Pantene, or one of his celebrity images with Oprah, Vanessa Williams, Brittney Spears, and more.

In addition in being a full-time, highly successful photographer, Matthew travels around the world to teach about photography, and is also one of Sony’s exclusive Artisan photographers. Finally, Matthew is an author of several photography books including Sepia Dreams: A Celebration of Black Achievement Through Words and Images and the upcoming Future Presidents personal project that is currently on Kickstarter.

Part 1 of the SLR Lounge Interview with Matthew Jordan Smith

In part one of SLR Lounge’s Interview, Matthew talks about how he grew up in photography, his influences in photography, and how he worked as an photography assistant in New York before becoming a full time photographer.

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Kickstarter Campaign for Matthew Jordan Smith’s Future Presidents Project

If you could inspire a future American president would you? Our goal is to inspire children and their parents to always dream big.

The future presidents of the United States are out there somewhere right now; maybe they are in your home or church, your neighborhood or school, or maybe they were just born today. As part of my current project, I’m photographing these young faces, and the images embody their beliefs – pure vision unhindered by the “how” and concerned only with the “what.” I am collecting these images of children across the United States in a photography book project entitled Future Presidents.

Future Presidents aims to encourage and inspire American children of all races and backgrounds to dream of becoming the future President of the United States. To do this, I am traveling with my fiancee to every state in America and asking children the question, “What would you do if you were the President of the United States?” Sometimes the answers are funny, and other times they are thought provoking, but they are always a reflection of life today through a child’s eyes. The question alone may or may not be intriguing to young minds, but when it is coupled with the experience of being photographed as a future president, it plants a powerful seed that may blossom into the dream of one day becoming an American president.

To learn more and to help support Matthew Jordan Smith and his project, please visit the Future Presidents Project on Kickstarter.

Future Presidents by Matthew Jordan Smith

Future Presidents by Matthew Jordan Smith

Future Presidents by Matthew Jordan Smith

Future Presidents by Matthew Jordan Smith

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