Alan Smith


Alan Smith began taking pictures to supplement his work as a freelance journalist. Alan strives to give his images a timeless feel and prefers to use negative film for his portraiture, fine art, cityscapes and landscapes. This website comprises images shot on a large format, 5x4 view camera, a pinhole camera and a range of plastic lens Holga and Diana cameras, which give a beautiful soft focus to the image. Limited editions from Alan’s current portfolio are available in silver print or as acid-free, archival quality, ink jet prints from scanned negatives. Prices on application. Alan is also available for commissions.

A Picture and a Thousand Words

Alan Smith takes pictures and writes stories. Following a career in corporate journalism, Alan launched his own company in 1995. Abbey Editorial & Design Limited has since worked for blue chip clients across the North West of England, picking up a number of prestigious editing awards along the way. As well as awards for his editorial, Alan’s photography has also won prizes. Alan won the portrait prize in the St Helens Open Art Competition in 2006. His work has been exhibited at venues in Bold Street and Dale Street, Liverpool as well as venues in St Helens.

It is said that a picture paints a thousand words, however, now you can have both.

'A Picture and a Thousand Words' combines a black and white analogue print, shot on a 5x4 view camera, with a 1,000-word editorial outlining the sitter’s life. Alan interviews the sitter before editing a biography, which is presented alongside the photograph, either in a double frame or as a separate document. The editorial can be tailored to cover particular events. Birthdays, weddings, graduations, retirements: 'A Picture and a Thousand Words' is the ideal gift and a lasting tribute.

For more details, contact and liaise directly with Alan.