About & Clients
Rebecca Smeyne is a New York-based documentary and portrait photographer, currently covering all ends of the fashion, art, entertainment, nightlife, philanthropy, and culture scenes, most frequently for The New York Times (2013-current). She is also on the masthead at PAPER, where she has contributed since 2011, and shoots assignments for publications such as Bloomberg Businessweek, Billboard, New York Magazine, GQ.com, Vogue.com, Vice's Thump, Cosmopolitan.com and a variety of European lifestyle magazines. Additionally, she shoots for companies like Vice, BET, Twitter, Adidas, and Red Bull.
Previously she focused heavily on the music industry and underground nightlife culture, and was on the masthead at SPIN magazine until it ceased print in 2014. She was a photoblogger for the Village Voice from 2007-2011, and a photoblogger for MTV Hive from 2010-2012.
Rebecca has a degree in sociology from Columbia University, and her photos have received some of the industry's biggest honors, such as American Photography Annual, PDN Annual, and a Society of Publication Designers Medal.
Select archives are available for licensing through Getty Images and the New York Times Syndicate.
The New York Times (NYTimes Magazine, Styles, Arts&Leisure, T), New York Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, Billboard, NewYorker.com, GQ.com, Playboy, Cosmopolitan.com, Elle.com, VICE (Thump, Noisey, Broadly. Vice.com), Fader.com, PAPER, Allure, Marie Claire, SPIN, MTV Hive, Pitchfork,The Believer, Red Bull Music Academy, Village Voice, Refinery 29
The Times Magazine (London), Glamour (Germany), Glamour (Spain), GQ (Japan), L'Officiel (Germany), Grazia (Germany), Grazia (Australia), Lufhansa (Germany), Grazia (France), Welt am Sonntag (Germany), Interview (Russia), #ICH (Red Bull Media House Austria)
Business/Tech/Auto: Twitter, YouTube, American Express, Hewlett-Packard, Target, Mercedes Benz, Monster Products, Scion, British Airways, Capital One, Mastercard
Beverage: Red Bull, Bacardi, Budweiser, Absolut, Cointreau, Svedka, Drambuie, Perrier
Fashion/Beauty: Adidas, Diesel, Alexander Wang, Guess, Benetton, Shinola, Ralph Lauren, DKNY, MCM, Uniqlo, Loreal, Chromat, Caress, Moroccan Oil
Art: Guggenheim, BAM, Brooklyn Museum, Alicia Keys' Keep A Child Alive Foundation, Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Type Directors Club
Music: Sony Records, Fader Label, Jack White's Third Man Records, Pitchfork Festival, CBGB Festival, CMJ Festival
Subject of pilot episode of Vice/Noisey video series about music photographers
Paper Magazine: "Nightlife's New Guard: Rebecca Smeyne"
Paper Magazine Nightlife Award Nominee for Best Photographer
L Magazine’s cover story "Party Photographers We Love"
NY Magazine's Wildest, Most Vibrant Fashion Photos of 2014 (3 of 40)
Spin's 30 Best Portraits of 2013
Spin’s Best Live Photos of 2012
Spin’s Best Live Photos of 2011
Spin’s Top 20 Photos of 2010
NY Mag Interview
The life of the party: invite-only affairs as photographed by Rebecca Smeyne
Fizzy Mag (Germany) FeatureJen Bekman Gallery's Hey, Hot Shot” Competition Winner
URB Magazine feature
Spook Magazine (Australia) feature
Chief Magazine Interview and profile
Bib and Tuck Feature
Presentation to NYC Photobloggers Association at the Apple Store, SoHo
Feature Shoot Presentation - The Blow Up 2015
Year in Photos for the Village Voice 2009
Year in Music Photos for the Village Voice 2010
Year in Photos for PAPER 2012
Year in Photos for PAPER 2013
Year in Photos for PAPER 2014
Spin Mag SXSW swimsuit shoot Behind the Scenes video
Paper Mag Queens of Summer shoot Behind the Scenes video
Spin/VH1 Exhibit at Milk Studios NYC
Spin Exhibit at the Coachella Festival
Levi's Tweaking the Dream Exhibit at Deitch NYC
Spin Year in Music Exhibit, NYC
TinyVices group show
Humble Art Foundation's Tough Turf: New Directions in Street Photography
Humble Art Foundation's "New Cats in Art Photography"
"Somebody's Gonna Get Pregnant" group show at Front Street Gallery
DIY or Die solo show at Other Music
Humble Art Foundation's GroupShow.com
Superchief Summer Group Shows
Me Hace Ruido profile (Mexico City)
CBGB Festival's Never Again Group Show, NYC