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April 14th Lecture in Santa Monica, CA

On Tuesday evening, April 14th, as part of the American Photographic Artists’ Creative Professionals Series, I will be giving a lecture on my work at the Apple Store on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica from 7:30pm to 8:30 pm. Get your taxes done and come join me!
Apple Store | Third Street Promenade
1415 Third Street Promenade,
Santa Monica, CA 90401


This event is first come seating but you can also register for this event directly on the Apple Store website at:

For more information, go here!

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Third Person at the Cleveland Print Room

Thank to Charles Mintz and the Cleveland Print Room for including me with such amazing company, including Sandra Klein, Ruben Natal-San Miguel, Loli Kantor, Susan Keiser, in the Exhibition:Third Person, that runs through April 26, 2015.

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Featured on the Elizabeth Avedon blog!

Thank you to Elizabeth Avedon for spreading the word on her terrific blog!

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Please support my Kickstarter Campaign for my first monograph!

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Self & Others, 2014 ©Aline Smithson

It’s with great excitement that I announce my Kickstarter campaign for my first monograph, Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography, to be published by the Magenta Foundation in Fall of 2015.  Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography is an almost 20 year culmination of portrait photographs, beginning with my early forays into black and white, produced as darkroom silver gelatin prints, continuing with my hand painted photographs including my series, Arrangement in Green and Black: Portrait of the Photographer’s Mother. The book finishes with color portraits that I have captured over the last decade.  Needless to say, I am humbled by having a book that will showcase my portrait work in such a comprehensive way. I hope you will consider supporting my Kickstarter campaign and help me make the book a reality. I would also appreciate your sharing the campaign with friends and colleagues!


Yin Yang, 1998 ©Aline Smithson

Over the years, I have supported dozens of Kickstarter campaigns, as I understand how hard it is to carry the costs of publication on your own. We are asking for $25,000, but hoping to raise more to offset all the costs that go into a book and traveling exhibition.

This Fall, I will be exhibiting at  VERVE Gallery in Santa Fe, wall space gallery in Santa Barbara, and Guthrie Contemporary Gallery in New Orleans, with book signings planned at the Los Angeles Center of Photography, Filter Photo Festival in Chicago, Medium Photo Festival in San Diego, and PhotoNOLA in New Orleans, with more events to follow in 2016.

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Arrangement in Green and Black#14, Portrait of the Photographer’s Mother, 2003-2005 ©Aline Smithson

I am so pleased to be aligned with the Magenta Foundation, a significant non-profit photography organization based in Toronto. The Magenta Foundation celebrates photographic artists at all stages of their careers by organizing promotional opportunities for artists, in an international context, through exhibitions and publications. I know first hand how they nurture and support photographers and have to say they are really, really good people!

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Roses and Liz, from Portraits of Portraits, 2012 ©Aline Smithson

Though my photography focuses on many approaches and genres, I love creating portraits. For me, making portraits is a collaborative process where the experience becomes a two-way gaze when both the subject and I reveal ourselves to each other. I consider the subject and the subject considers me. For the most part, I create work close to home, using subjects that are family, friends, neighbors, and friends of friends.  That familiarity with place and person allows for an intimacy and camaraderie, where my sitters trust in my desire to present them with dignity or with humor, but always in a way that celebrates who they are.


People I Don’t Know #6, 2007 ©Aline Smithson

As an artist, I try to look for or create moments that are at once familiar, yet unexpected. I have been greatly influenced by the Japanese concept of celebrating a singular object. I tend to isolate subject matter and look for complexity in simple images, providing an opportunity for telling a story in which all is not what it appears to be. The poignancy of childhood, aging, relationships, family, and moments of introspection or contemplation continue to draw my interest. I want to create photographs that evoke a universal memory.

Photography allows me to find beauty in the mundane, joy in every day life, humor in aging, and the ability to examine a deeper self.

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Jacklyn in Blue Fur, from Revisiting Beauty, 2013 ©Aline Smithson

Thank you for considering this campaign! If you are interested in supporting it, please go here!

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Skipping Stones, from Regarding Henry, 1997 ©Aline Smithson

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Abbie, from Spring Fever 2009 ©Aline Smithson


Mr. Malin, from Hollywood at Home, 2011 ©Aline Smithson

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Hotel Fiorita, 2001 ©Aline Smithson

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Interview on RFoto Folio

Thank you to RFoto Folio for the worderful interview.  It can be found here.

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The 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award

I am humbled and honored to receive the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award by CENTER. Thank you to this wonderful organization that supports photographers at all stages of their careers, to the incredible photographers that have shared their work and lives with me, and to Julia Dean of the Los Angeles Center of Photography who got me started.


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Selected for the Critical Mass Top 50 Portfolios of 2014

I am so proud to announce that my series, Revisiting Beauty, has been recognized as one of the Critical Mass 50 Portfolios of 2014. Thank you to the Photolucida/Critical Mass organization and to over 200 jurors for this amazing honor.

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Currents 2014 at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans

So happy to have two exhibitions in New Orleans during the Photo NOLA Festival. I will have 6 pieces from Revisiting Beauty in the Currents 2014 Exhibition at the Ogden Museum, opening December 5, 2014 – January 4, 2015 Opening Reception: Friday, December 5, 6pm – 8pm.  I will also be showing Counting to Ten in French at the Guthrie Contemporary Gallery and that opens on December 6th.

 Currents 2014 is a juried photographic exhibition from the members of the New Orleans Photo Alliance, this exhibition takes place during PhotoNOLA – the month-long celebration of photography held annually in New Orleans. Roy Fluckinger from The Harry Ransom Center for Photography in Austin, TX was the juror.

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Portrait Monograph to be published in Fall 2015

I am thrilled to announce that the Magenta Foundation is publishing a retrospective monograph of my portraiture, coming out in Fall 2015.

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Counting to Ten in French at the Gutherie Gallery

The Guthrie Gallery in New Orleans is opening an exhibition during Photo Nola featuring my work from Counting to Ten in French, opening Dec 6th, 2014. Hope to see you there!

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