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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Alumni, The University of Arizona
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Marin County, CA · Member since March 2012


Don Matthew Smith was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Don Matthew spent his formative years in the charming New England town of Milford, where Mr. Smith’s first encounter with the physics of light came by accident. One day, as he was cleaning paint brushes in a darkened garage, light falling through a crack projected an image onto the wall turning the room into a giant camera obscura. By the age of twelve he was working as a freelance photographer for local newspapers, shooting social events and conflagrations. He received his undergraduate education at the Art Institute of Chicago. While at the institute he developed an interest in film and the archaic photographic techniques of the 19th century (some of which still haunt him today). Mr. Smith pursued these and other interests to the University of Arizona at Tucson. There he studied master prints and negatives in the collection of the Center for Creative Photography. Don took a position with the celebrated Colossal Pictures in San Francisco as camera operator and worked on staff for the next several years. Since 1994 Smith has been lighting & shooting national spots for a wide range of clients and agencies. This work has included extensive experience lighting for CG enhanced live action.

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