Smith studied for three years at the Chouinard School of Art in Los Angeles.
He has worked as a freelance since 1939. His advertisements for Whitman’s Chocolates, for instance, featured mothers who were as glamorous as movie stars.
Although Smith’s pin-ups for the Gallery of Glamour were impressive, it was his special assignments for the magazine that distinguished him from his colleagues. His memorable three- or four-page illustrated articles, with titles like “Personal Interpretations”, first appeared in 1946. He also painted pin-ups for Esquire’s famous two-page gatefolds as part of a relationship that was to last more than a dozen years.
Smith describes his photography as having a "painterly quality - romantic, illustrative work dealing with people, beauty, fashion."
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