Vivian Cooper Smith is a photo-artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Born in New Zealand, he lived in Bangladesh, India, and Perth before moving to Melbourne in 1999. His recent work employs the principles of a diffractive methodology in the making of photographic images to explore the possibility for photography to resist its inherent representationalism.

Recent solo exhibitions include 'The Insufficient Photograph' at Bus Projects, Melbourne, 'Apparition Apparatus' at Galerie pompom, Sydney and Turner Galleries, Perth; 'Concrete Compositions' at Fort Delta, Melbourne (2015) and 'Anchorage' at Galerie pompom, Sydney (2014). In 2015 Smith was included in the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair and a group exhibition at Galerie Pavlova, Berlin. He has been a finalist in the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award and the Bowness Photography Prize. In 2017 Vivian completed a Masters in Fine Arts (Research) at the Victorian College of the Arts and was the winner of the National Gallery of Victoria Women's Association Award.

He is represented by Galerie pompom, Sydney.