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Paul Smith

Deputy Head of School


Paul M Smith is course director for the BA Hons Photography at Coventry University. He originally studied Fine Art at Coventry University and as part of his course he undertook a research project into contemporary art which included living on an Aboriginal reserve for four months.

After completing his degree at Coventry he completed a Masters degree in Photography at the Royal College of Art. During this time he examined the meaning and construction of masculinity, concentrating on the cultural and visual creation of various alpha male identities.

Smith’s commissioned work includes pieces for Channel 4, Mattersons, and the CD cover for Robbie Williams’ Sing when you’re winning. His work has been shown at the Saatchi Gallery, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City, The National Portrait Gallery, The Photographers Gallery, Technisches Museum Wien in Austria the Australian Centre for Photography.

In 2004 Goliath published ‘Paul M Smith, Photographs’. This book catalogued his work from 1997–2004. Smith’s work can also be found in ‘Digital Art’ published by Thames and Hudson, ‘Blink’; Phaidon, ‘Porn?’; Vision On, and ‘I Am A Camera: The Saatchi Gallery’; Booth-Clibborn, to name but a few.


  • Pg.Cert., Higher Education, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
  • M.A., Photography, Royal College of Art, London
  • B.A (Hons), Fine Art, Coventry University
  • Diploma, Foundation Art and Design, Trowbridge College

Selected Funding:

  • 1993, Bursary, Fuji/Halina
 Queen’s Award for Enterprise Logo
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2023