Paul C. Smits is an award-winning photographer who is known in particular for  his black and white fine art prints of cityscapes, landscapes, and nature.


Paul was born and raised in The Netherlands. In 1993 he established himself permanently in Italy, where in 1998 he received a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Electronic Engineering from the University of Genoa. He is an expert photographer who is self-taught and practiced in all aspects of photo imaging technology and visual expression.


His work appears in a variety of contexts. Examples are  “Forgiveness: A Time To Love And A Time to Hate,” a four hour series produced by Helen Whitney for PBS that aired in April 2011, and promotion material for musicians and restaurants.


Selected photographs are available as prints from the RoHo Gallery, Cincinnati, USA (, and from the Photoplace Gallery, in Middlebury, Vermont (USA). His work is also available for licensing from Getty Images (  


He is registered as an artist with the Dutch bureau for art-historical documention (Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie). Paul features in Who’s who in Visual Art - 100 Fine Art Photographers (Ulrich Goette Himmelblau (Ed.), Art Domain Whois Verlag, Leipzig, ISBN 978-3-9813474-2-5, 2011).


He lives and works in the Northern part of Italy, in the province of Varese.


Selected awards

Black and White and Color Magazine, 2011 Portfolio Contest, Merit Award, Special Issue #84, June 2011

Worldwide Photography Gala Award, Gold Honorable Mention, November 2010.

Black and White Magazine, Single Image Contest Gold Award (cityscape/street category), Issue #72, February 2010, p. 197.

Black and White Magazine, 2009 Portfolio Contest Excellence Award, Issue #68, June 2009.