Cody Smyth was born during a snowstorm in 1978 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. Growing up with parents that were in the photo industry, he realized early on where his passion lies. Given his first camera (a Nikon fm2) at 10 years old, Cody started documenting his life as a kid growing up in NYC.
Shooting professionally for nearly 20 years he has worked commercially for clients such as MTV, Vanity Fair, NME, Nylon, Dazed & Confused and Ford Models, among others.
He has photographed everyone from Lenny Kravitz, The Strokes, Joan Jett, Dave Gahan, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys, Stephen King and Erika Jayne, just to name a few.
In 2017 Cody released his first published photo book on the rock band The Strokes entitled “The Strokes: The First Ten Years”.
A 20+ year photo document starting in 1995 in high school and covering up till 2016. It is a rare look into how a bunch of kids grew up, formed and became one of rocks greatest bands.
In 2021, along with his set decorator wife Nadya Gurevich, he launched Strummerstock.com, a boutique photo stock agency for the film, tv, advertising and interior design industries. Strummerstock.com offers fully cleared and licensed professional photography shot by Cody.
He continues to shoot professionally and personally. Cody lives in Brooklyn with his wife and young son.