David Maurice Smith

David Maurice Smith


My adult working life began with a career in social work in my home country of Canada. For ten years I counselled individuals and families in crisis, across a diverse range of socioeconomic circumstances. I learned many things during this tenure, perhaps the most valuable of which are:

  • How to truly listen.
  • The power of empathy.
  • Everyone has a unique story.

A desire to engage social issues in a more creative way spawned a transition to documentary photography and I have not looked back. Since then I have been fortunate enough to work with publications such as The New York Times, TIME Magazine and National Geographic on important stories around the world. More recently my documentary style has fostered commercial work with clients and agencies whose campaigns require compelling and authentic visual storytelling.

When I am not creating visual stories I can be found incessantly reading them to my two young sons.