Cian Oba-Smith

Cian is a London based photographer available for commissions. For print sales, please get in touch via the email below.

Commercial Enquiries

Represented Worldwide by Wyatt-Clarke + Jones 

Editorial & Personal Enquiries

Phone: +44 (0) 7527 606 642

Mail: cian(at)cianobasmith(dot)co(dot)uk 

Instagram: @cianobasmith

Twitter: @cianobasmith


B.A (Hons) Photography, University of the West of England (First Class)


The Photographers Gallery, Develop Programme

University of the West of England

London College of Communication

Create Jobs

Canterbury Christ Church University

Plymouth University

Middlesex University

Bath School of Art & Design

Falmouth University

Birmingham City University

Ravensbourne University

Brick Magazine



FT Weekend, Port, Google, Nike, Fader, Guardian Weekend, Now Gallery, M Magazine Le Monde, Facebook, Crack, Airbnb, Push, The Face, Arnolfini, Superdrug, The New Yorker, Netflix, Vice, Shelter, BBC Radio 4, Sweet, Tacit Design, N Power, C4 Random Acts, The Telegraph


Paper Journal, Pylot, iGNANT, Creative Review, The Guardian, British Journal of Photography, It's Nice That, Dazed & Confused, Wonderland, Splash & Grab, Another Place, Wandering Bears, Humble Arts Foundation, Left A Bit, Despite The Illusion, Houston Centre for Photography, Trip, This Is Paper, The Ones We Love, Posi+Tive, Accidental Zine, Under Pressure, Joia, Perdiz


Assistant, Zed Nelson (July 2014 - June 2018)

Assistant, Chris Scott (April 2011 - February 2013)


Portrait of Humanity - Selected (2020)

Foam Paul Huf Award - Nominee (2020)

Lightwork Artist-In-Residence (AIR) Program - Selected (2019)

Portrait Salon -  Selected (2018)

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize - Selected (2017)

Magenta Flash Forward - Winner (2017)

BJP Breakthrough Award - Graduate Single Image, Runner Up (2017)

I.P.F Photo Prize - Winner, 1st Prize (2017)

Magnum Photos Graduate Award - Shortlist (2017)

D&AD Next Photographer Award - Shortlist (2017)

Feature Shoot Emerging Photographer Award - Winner (2017)

Magnum & Photo London Graduate Award - Shortlist (2016)

Magnum & Hiive Faces of a Vibrant Economy Grant - Shortlist (2016)

D&AD New Blood Award (I-D Brief) - Winner (2015)

Magnum & Photo London Graduate Award - Shortlist (2015)

Ideastap Photographic Award with Magnum Photos - Shortlist (2014)

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Bursary - Winner (2014)

International Street Photography Awards - Student Category, First Prize (2014)­­


Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery (London, 2017)

Negative Feedback Exhibition, The Print Space (London, 2017)

Negative Feedback Issue #3 Launch, Kamio (London, 2017)

I.P.F Photo Prize Exhibition, House of Vans (London, 2017)

D&AD Next Photographer Exhibition, Truman Brewery (London, 2017)

Ian Parry Scholarship Exhibition, Mother (London, 2016)

Intimate Spaces, Now Gallery (London, 2016)

Splash & Grab #2, The Print Space (London, 2015)

MIND, Centrespace Gallery (Bristol, 2015)

International Street Photography Awards Exhibition, 71a Gallery (London, 2014)

Ideastap Photographic Award with Magnum Photos, Finalists Exhibition, Truman Brewery (London, 2014)

Splash & Grab #1, Portobello Photography Gallery (London, 2014)

Fluxure, Bargehouse (London, 2014)

Fluxure, UWE (Bristol, 2014)

SELF, The Island (Bristol, 2014)

Accidentally On Purpose #3 (Leeds, 2014)

Saatchi Screen, Saatchi Gallery (London) 2013

Miscellaneous, The Island (Bristol 2013)

ALL IMAGES © CIAN OBA-SMITH, 2022 // Artist Portrait by Lauren Maccabee

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