Ngadi Smart

Ngadi Smart is a Sierra Leonean photographer based between the U.K and West Africa. In her photography, her focus is documenting cultures, subcultures and intimacy.

Her work often speaks on how people self-identify and choose to present themselves in front of the lens. Recently, she has also been interested in documenting Black sensuality and culture from an African point of view. She aims to show as many representations of African people, and what it
means to be African as she can.

Her work has been published on CNN, British Journal of Photography, Vogue Italia, Atmos Magazine, and I.D Magazine, and she has recently finished shooting two environmental commissions – the first shot in Ivory Coast for the Royal Photographic Society, and the second shot in Sierra Leone for Wateraid (in collaboration with British Journal of Photography).

Exhibitions include:
An African Lens at Yale University, 2018
Lumix Festival for young photojournalists 2018, Hannover, Germany
Forseen: New Narratives from the African Photojournalism Database
Photoville Festival, Brooklyn, USA
Sir, where is this place at Beijing’s Africa Week, 2019
Lagos Photo 19, 2019
Portrait of Humanity Award: BJP, UK 2020
Beautiful Diaspora/You are not the lesser part, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA, 2022

Past Exhibitions & Events

  • Exhibition
Now Closed
17 March to 9 April 2023