Marie Smith


I am a neurodivergent visual artist and writer born, living, and working in London. I graduated in 2017 with a MA in History in Art with Photography at Birkbeck, University of London. Being a neurodivergent person with dyspraxia and anxiety has informed how they navigates the world. My practice incorporates digital and analogue photography alongside text as a form of visual language that addresses identity, nature, sustainability, mental health, and well-being. I utilises low-toxic plant, food, or herb-based developers to process my analogue film. Due to this methodology not being transferable to developing colour film, I now only work with black and white and camera-less film processes.

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer / Module Lead / L4 Co Year Leader


  • BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • MA History of Art with Photography

Teaching and learning

I have previously lectured at Goldsmiths, University of London and London College of Communication (LCC). 

Undergraduate courses taught


Sustainable Darkroom Practices

Black and White Photography

Identity and Belonging

Climate Change and Nature 

Areas of specialism

  • Photography

Business, knowledge transfer and international

I am a member of Women Photograph. Women Photograph is a non-profit that launched in 2017 to elevate the voices of women* and nonbinary visual journalists. The private database includes more than 1,600 independent documentary photographers based in 100+ countries and is available privately to any commissioning editor or organization. Women Photograph also operates an annual series of project grants, a year-long mentorship program, and an annual skills-building workshop, and collects data on hiring and publishing statistics in the visual media industry.

*We believe that gender is a spectrum. Women Photograph is inclusive of a plurality of femme voices including trans, queer and non-binary people. 

Industry links


Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

Horniman Museum - Digital Residency, London/UK, September 2023

Cyanotype Workshop, Chisenhale Gallery, London/UK, July 2023

Capturing The Moment: A journey through painting and photography - Sound Workshop with Tate Staff, June 2023

Interludes: Black Balloons: A soundscape response to Liz Johnson Artur's Time don't run here - Artist in Residence, Tate Interpretation, London/UK, April 2023

Self-directed residency working on the series The Wanderer - JOYA:AIR, Cortijada Los Gázquez, Vélez Blanco/Spain, January 2023

What does an artwork sound like? - Artist in Residence, Tate Interpretation, London/UK, December 2022

H - The Notion of Humanist Photography, residency at Centre national de l'audiovisual (CNA) Dudelange/Luxembourg, June 2022

New Forest National Park Artist Residency, spudWORKS, Hampshire/UK, May 2022