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About

Eric J. Smith is a Los Angeles based photographer and serves as head of photography for EcoMedia, a CBS company. A passionate oceans and wildlife advocate, he has a long career of creative work for non-profits such as Waterkeeper Alliance, Rainforest Action Network, Earthjustice, 350.org, The Greater Yellowstone Coalition, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Climate Group.

Eric’s photographs have been exhibited by the National Geographic Society, most recently at the Conference of the Parties (COP22), the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco (February 2017) and in their “View from Above” exhibition at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (May 2014). In 2016, Eric had a solo exhibition of photographs “Abstract/Earth” at Hermosa Design in Hermosa Beach, California and in 2007 had a solo exhibition “Progress + Light” at the Epoxybox Gallery in Venice, California.

Eric attended the Hartford Art School and is a summa cume laude graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, The Royal Photographic Society, The Society for Photographic Education and the College Art Association.

Eric’s photographs have been widely published. Here is a partial bibliography:

Books & Periodicals

“Cybercrank!” by Manfred Spitzer, published by Droemer, Germany

“Die Smarte Diktatur” by Harald Welzer, published by S, Fischer, Germany

Diablo Magazine, USA

Zeit Magazin, Germany

Digital

National Geographic

The Christian Science Monitor

Outside

The New York Post

The Huffington Post

The Daily Mail

The Guardian

Press

Eric has been in the public eye for over a decade. According to the Huffington Post, “his Instagram Account is full of stunning images of everything from hummingbirds to rock concerts.” His work on the solo exhibition “Progress + Light” was featured on the Sundance Channel series “Big Ideas for a Small Planet.” The show features artists who make sustainability a feature of their craft through subject matter, messaging and materials.

Eric's most well known photograph of a humpback whale breach next to a texting boater, titled "A Sign of the Times," has been featured by hundreds of media outlets around the world. The image sparked an international dialogue about addiction to smart phones. Below are links to selected articles and television coverage:

Good Morning America

CBS News

KCAL 9/CBS 2

Huffington Post

Sunrise 7 Australia

Christian Science Monitor

Coverage of other photographs:

Outside Magazine

KLM iFly

Natiional Geographic “Your Shot” July 2015

National Geographic Photo of the Day July 24, 2015

National Geographic “Your Shot” August 2015

News

February 7, 2017

Eric's aerial photograph of the Empire State Building is selected by National Geographic for inclusion in their story "Innovative Design in Cites."

October 24, 2016

Eric's photo of a burning Mt. Diablo is selected by National Geographic for inclusion in their exhibition "Climate Change: In Focus" at the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (COP 22) in Marakech, Morocco

July 20, 2016

Eric's photo of Grand Prismatic is selected as an editor's favorite by National Geographic photo editor Matt Adams in their "Beautiful Places" competition

June 27, 2016

Eric's photo of a sea lion is featured by National Geographic in their Daily Dozen feature.

February 4, 2016

Eric's photo of a Hollywood coyote is featured by Outside Magazine.

November 3, 2015

Eric's portrait of CBS EcoMedia founder Paul Polizzotto is featured in Forbes.

October 16, 2015

Eric's photo of Grand Prismatic is featured in iFly, the monthly publication of Dutch airline KLM.

September 20, 2015

Eric's photo of the Seattle Labyrinth is featured by National Geographic as one of their "top shots" of August. Only twelve images were selected out of 100,000 uploads.

July 24, 2015

Eric's photo of Grand Prismatic is featured by National Geographic as its shot of the Day on their website and social media platforms

July 16, 2015

The whale photo is published in Die Zeit, the magazine of Germany's largest weekly newspaper

March 6, 2015

Eric photographs three time Olympic Gold Medal Vollyball Champion Kerri Walsh for Manhattan Beach’s Tour DePier Fundraiser to battle Cancer.

March 5, 2015

Eric discusses his photography and the nature of the viral image with Colm Flynn of “The Feed” on RTÉ Radio 1, Dublin, Ireland

February 17, 2015

Eric featured on Huffington Post Science

“Hold the Phone! You Might Miss a Whale, or Even a Whale of a Bright Idea Like the Laser”

by Ben Hellwarth

February 15, 2015

Eric published "Hollywood Nights” on Storehouse

February 12, 2015

Eric’s photo discussed on ABC’s The View

February 11, 2015

Eric’s photo discussed on CBS’ The Talk