Chris Smith
Chris Smith

Chris Smith ’81 is featured on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) blog for his work as the HHS secretary's photographer for the last twenty-seven years.

Smith became interested in photography at a young age through a summer youth program. He instantly fell in love with it while processing his photos in a darkroom. Shortly after, his parents bought him his first camera, which he still has today. 

He has worked as a government photographer for a long time, starting as a lab photographer and moving to the treasury department before landing the job with HHS. He has taken countless photos, stating that he has 2.5 terabytes of images stored from just the last four years alone.

Smith says his most moving memory is that of September 11, 2001. He was called into the secretary's office, which was used as a command center for the emergency and was taking photos on the frontlines a month later when the U.S. fell victim to a bioterrorist attack.

"You learn to get the shot and make it count. At this point, I have more of a sense of history. I was there when something important happened and I had to record it properly." —Smith

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