This native of Edinburgh, Scotland, got his first camera at the age of eight, a box Brownie. After graduation, Ian Smith (c. 1921-c. 1987) was teaching languages and history for a couple of years when he decided to take courses in photography. In 1944 he worked as a still photographer for the classic British film A Canterbury Tale, and that same year he joined the LIFE lab in London as an assistant. By the following year he was on staff.

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Architecture of an English castle. (Photo by Ian Smith/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

Architecture of an English castle. (Photo by Ian Smith/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

People sitting in the sand at Blackpool beach. (Photo by Ian Smith/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

People sitting in the sand at Blackpool beach. (Photo by Ian Smith/The LIFE Picture Collection © Meredith Corporation)

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