Philip Smith


Philip studied photography at Nottingham Trent University and Bournemouth and Poole College of Art.

On graduation he took up a post in London as creative director of a company pioneering the new media revolution of the 80s and 90s. After a successful career in developing educational software for schools and retail, Philip turned back to photography in 2000.

His photography has been published in many garden magazines and books and has served as a committee member of the Professional Garden Photographers’ Association.

Exhibitions he has been involved in include ‘New Views’ at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and ‘Private Places’  at the Geffrye Museum.  His forthcoming exhibition ‘Garden Light’ will be held at the Garden House, Yelverton, in April 2019.

He founded ‘International Garden Photographer of the Year’ in 2006 and maintains his career in professional photography and workshops from his family home in East Devon.

“Having worked in editorial photography for many years I am in a position now to be able to develop my own style at my own speed. But whatever I do in photography I always come back to plants as they are an inexhaustible subject, with infinite variety of shape, mood, colour and texture. I don’t have to search for subjects; plants are everywhere and always offer inspiration to the artist. Gardens are where people and nature meet in harmony with each other – and that spirit needs to be celebrated.”