Originally from Liverpool, Albert Smith worked from a studio in Waterloo before coming to Jersey and purchasing the photographic business previously run by Monsieur E. Baudoux and sons in New Street. Albert Smith worked from several different premises in St Helier, and was able to advertise his business as the largest photographic establishment in the Channel Islands. Thousands of his images survive as glass plate negatives and subjects include studio portraits and portraits of cattle. Many of his views were sold as postcards. He and his staff not only worked on commissions, but also captured many scenes of Jersey at work and at play.