Jonathan Smith studied in the United Kingdom at the Kent Institute of Design (KIAD) and the International Center for Photography in New York. He had his first solo show titled Untold Stories at Rick Wester Fine art in September 2010. He has also participated in group exhibitions at the Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery and PowerHouse Arena as well as having a one-person exhibition at The International Center for Tolerance Education of The Bridge Project, a series of photographs of New York. He has been the recipient of a number of awards for his work including The Hearst Biennial Award (January 2011), The Magenta Foundation, Flash Forward award (May 2010), the PDN Annual Awards in the Personal Category (May 2010) and the Photography Book Now Blurb award (September 2008).
From 2000 until 2009 Smith worked in the studio of the renowned New York photographer, Joel Meyerowitz. In 2001 he assisted in Meyerowitz's archive, advancing to Archive Manager in 2003 and becoming heavily involved in the photographer's World Trade Center and Parks Department archives, both of which are now part of the Museum of the City of New York. Additionally, Smith printed for the studio and was involved in the curatorial and production sides as well. His work has appeared in the Smithsonian and View magazines, PDN, Art and Architecture and The Royal Photographic Society Magazine.