About & Clients

Rebecca Smeyne is a New York-based documentary and portrait photographer, currently covering all ends of the fashion, art, entertainment, nightlife and culture scenes, most frequently for The New York Times, including a weekly feature on the philanthropy scene in The New York Times Sunday Styles section. She is also on the masthead at PAPER and contributes occasionally to GQ.com, NY Mag, Vice's Thump, Cosmopolitan.com, BET.com, Billboard, and the German edition of Glamour. She also shoots branded content for companies like Vice, Twitter, YouTube, Adidas, Red Bull and L'oreal.

Previously she focused 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, both shooting and writing about music. Rebecca has a degree in sociology from Columbia University.

Her work has received significant industry honors such as American Photography Annual 27 and 33, PDN Annual and a Society of Publication Designers Medal.

Select archives are available for licensing through Getty Images and the New York Times Syndicate. 


(347) 262-7578


Editorial (US):

The New York Times (NYTimes Magazine, Styles, Arts&Leisure, T), New York Magazine, NewYorker.com, GQ.com, Playboy, Cosmopolitan.com, Elle.com, VICE, Fader.com, PAPER, Billboard, Allure, Marie Claire, SPIN, MTV Hive, Pitchfork,The Believer, Red Bull Music Academy, Village Voice, Refinery 29

Editorial (International):

The Times Magazine (London)Glamour (Germany), Glamour (Spain), GQ (Japan), L'Officiel (Germany), Grazia (Germany), Grazia (Australia), Grazia (France), Welt am Sonntag (Germany), Interview (Russia), #ICH (Red Bull Media House Austria)


Television: BET
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
Art/Charity: Guggenheim, BAM, Alicia Keys' Keep A Child Alive Foundation, Wroclaw Contemporary Museum
Music: Sony Records, Fader Label, Jack White's Third Man Records, Pitchfork Festival, CBGB Festival, CMJ Festival


American Photography 25
American Photography 33
Society of Publication Designers Finalist Medal
PDN Annual

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