The eldest of four sisters, Columbine Goldsmith has embraced an artist’s life since childhood. She discovered vocation as an artist as a child on vacation in Cabo San Lucas when her father gifted her a disposable camera. After finishing her education at Wesleyan University, Columbine worked and lived throughout Europe, perfecting her photography and filmmaking technique before returning to the States.
In New York, she began her career in fashion photography, working for editorial and commercial clients, such as Vogue, i-D, The New York Times, Dazed & Confused, Tiffany & Co, Calvin Klein, and Hermes among many others. Later, after moving to Paris, Columbine began experimenting with video and premiered her first short film on NOWNESS, titled “Women by women” in the series Girls on Top. Her videos have been called “witty” or “bizarre,” but they are always filled with beautiful imagery. Her protagonists are usually irreverent, particularly to the viewer, and are explored in intimate shots and settings.
For i-D’s 2015 activist issue, Columbine directed a short film featuring fashion model Nathan Westling before his gender transition. In this video, Nathan, who presented as female at the time, embodies contemporary women’s subversion of traditional gender norms. Throughout the video, he reads from The Ladies’ Book of Etiquette & Manual of Politeness to establish the narrow set of female behaviors that are deemed socially acceptable, only to illustrate his subversion of those very norms.
In 2017, Columbine directed the Google Home Max’s advertising campaign, featuring musicians Wyclef Jean and Diplo. The following year, she directed the Calvin Klein SS19 campaign and the branded content film for Hermes, titled The Audition, in which a man and a woman are playfully prompted by a casting director to take on different roles, using Hermes products to create their various characters.
Columbine is based in both Los Angeles and New York and is a Leo.