Chronology

 
After a career as a New York Fashion Editor and working along side the greats of fashion photography, Aline Smithson discovered the family Rolleiflex and never looked back. Now represented by galleries in the U.S. and Europe and published throughout the world, Aline continues to create her award-winning photography with humor, compassion, and a 50-year-old camera. She has exhibited widely including solo shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Lishui Festival in China, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Pairs, and the Wallspace Gallery in Seattle and Santa Barbara. In addition, her work is held in a number of museum collections. Her photographs have been featured in publications including PDN (cover), the PDN Photo Annual, Communication Arts Photo Annual, Eyemazing, Soura, Visura, Fraction, Artworks, Lenswork Extended, Shots, Pozytyw, and Silvershotz magazines. In 2012, Aline received the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community. Aline founded and writes the blogzine, Lenscratch, that celebrates a different contemporary photographer each day and offers opportunity for exhibition. She has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks Magazine, is a contributing writer for Diffusion, Too Much Chocolate, Lucida, and F Stop Magazines, has written book reviews for photoeye, and has provided the forwards for artist’s books byTom Chambers, Flash Forward 12, Robert Rutoed, amongst others. Aline has curated and jurored exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and on-line magazines. She was an overall juror in 2012 for Review Santa Fe, a 2009, 2010, and 2011, 2012 juror for Critical Mass, and a reviewer at many photo festivals across the United States. Though she was nominated for The Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 and for The Santa Fe Prize in Photography in 2009 by Center, she considers her children her greatest achievement.
   
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Awards

 
2012 Rising Star Award from the Griffin Museum, Boston, MA
   
2006 California Works, Award of Excellence, Sacramento, California
   
2006 Photography Now, selected Portfolio, Dayton, Ohio
   
2006 International Photography Awards
   
2006 B&W Magazine Photography Awards, London, England
   
2005 International Photography Awards
   
2005 Nikon Editor's Choice Grand Prize, Sacramento, California
   
2004 International Photography Awards, Sacramento, California
   
2003 Communication Arts Photography Annual
   
2003 PDN Photography Annual
   
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Solo Exhibitions

 
2011 Imagine, Wallspace Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
   
2010 Arrangement in Green and Black, Griffin Museum, Boston, Mass
   
2010 Arrangement in Green and Black, Galeria Tagomago, Barcelona, Spain
   
2010 Variety Show, Tilt Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
   
2009 Arrangement in Green and Black, Wallspace Gallery, Seattle, WA
   
2009 Arrangement in Green and Black, China Lishui International Photographic Cultural Festival, Lishui, China
   
2008 Shadows and Stains, Wallspace Gallery, Seattle, WA
   
2008 Shadows and Stains, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
   
2007 Stolen Identities, Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, Colorado
   
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Group Exhibitions

 
2011 4th International Plastic Camera Show, Rayko Photo Gallery, San Francisco, CA
   
2011 35th Anniversary Professional Women Photographer’s Exhibition, Soho Photo Gallery, New York, NY
   
2011 Synthesis/Mixed Media Photography,, The Darkroom Gallery, New Orleans, LA
   
2011 The Pleasure is All Mine, Finch & Ada Gallery, New York, NY
   
2011 Redefining Hollywood, The Factory Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
   
2011 Kids are People Too, Panoptican Gallery, Boston, MA
   
2011 Re:Form, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
   
2011 Portraits, Hous Projects, Los Angeles, CA
   
2011 Portraits, The Loft at Liz's, Los Angeles, CA
   
2011 L.A. Mecca, Terrell Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
   
2011 Still. Life, Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta, GA
   
2011 The Next, The Julia Dean Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
   
2011 Who's in the House, Tilt Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
   
2011 Summertime, Duncan Miller Projects, Los Angeles, CA
   
2010 Snapshots, Forward Thinking Museum, New York, NY
   
2010 Diffusion: Unconventional Photography, Springbox Gallery, Portland, OR
   
2010 (Por) trait Revealed, Rayko Photo Gallery, San Francisco, CA
   
2010 The Naked Truth, Hous Projects, Los Angeles, California
   
2010 Texas Photographic Society 18: The National Competition, The Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, TX
   
2003 Stephen Austin Texas National, College of Fine Arts, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas
   
2003 25th Annual Photography Exhibition, Fort Smith Art Center, Fort Smith, Arkansas
   
2002 Krappy Kamera, Soho Photo Gallery, New York, New York
   
2002 Current Works 2002, Rosenthal Gallery, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina
   
2002 La Grange National XXII, Lamar Dodd Art Center at La Grange College, La Grange, Georgia
   
2002 Visions of Venice, Julia Dean Photo Gallery, Los Angeles, California
   
2002 The Dishman Competition, Dishman Gallery, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas
   
2002 30th Annual Photography Exhibition, Larson Gallery, Yakima, Wasington
   
2002 Personal Viewpoints, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, Washington
   
2002 New Photography 2002, Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, California
   
2002 Animal World, E3 Gallery, New York, New York
   
2002 Caring with Creativity, Turning Point Gallery, Washington, D.C.
   
2001 2001 National Photography Exhibition, Pietra di Luna Gallery, Hollywood, Florida
   
2001 Ga Ga for LA LA, Eye Five Gallery, Los Angeles, California
   
2001 Exhibition 2001, Robert A Peck Art Center, Central Wyoming Collete, Riverton, Wyomiing
   
2001 Current Works 2001, Rosenthal Gallery, Fayetteville University, Fayetteville, North Carolina
   
2001 April Foolish, Hunger Artist Gallery, Albuquerque, New mexico
   
2001 Faces of Woman, Las Vegas Arts Gallery, Las Vegas, New Mexico
   
2001 Visions of Venice, Julia Dean Photo Gallery, Los Angeles, California
   
2001 14th Annual McNeese National, McNeese State University Gallery, Lake Charles, Lousiana
   
2001 All Media International Arts Exhibition, Period Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska
   
2001 29th Annual Photography Exhibition, Larson Gallery, Yakima, Washington
   
2001 Postcards, Los Angeles County Art Museum, Los Angeles, California
   
2001 New Mexico Photographer Magazine Exhibition, Runnels Gallery, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico
   
2001 Combined Talents, Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
   
2001 Selected Works, First Professional Photo Center, Los Angeles, California
   
2001 All Media 2001, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, California
   
2001 Magic Silver, Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky
   
2001 Southern California Open, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, California
   
2000 2000KCAD Exhibition, Kendall Gallery, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan
   
2000 Light Sensitive, Arizona Commission on the Arts 2000 Traveling Exhibition, Mesa, Arizona
   
2000 Photowork '2K, Barret Art Center Gallery, Poughkeepsie, New York
   
2000 Relentless Visions, The Hunger Artist Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico
   
2000 In Focus, Lewis-Clark Center Gallery, Lewiston, Idaho
   
2000 Photographic Processes, Period Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska
   
2000 Snapshots, The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland
   
2000 Unreal Reality, Museum of Arts Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
   
1999 1999 National Photography Exhibition, Soho Photo Gallery, New York, New York
   
1999 Magic Silver Show, University of Northern Iowa Art Gallery, Cedar Falls, Iowa
   
1999 9th Annual Center Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, California
   
1999 Plastic Fantastic, E3 Gallery, Ne York, New York
   
1999 New Mexico Photographer Exhibition, Runnels Gallery, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico
   
1999 American Tapestry, Center for Visual Arts, Oakland, California
   
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Collections

Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, California
Washburn Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, Kansas
Harry Ransom Center, Austin, Texas
Santa Barbara Art Museum, Santa Barbara, CA
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Bibliography

F Stop: The First 4 Years. Anthology. Free Milk Press, Chicago, Ill, 2007
 
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Education

 
University of California at Santa Barbara, College of Creative Studies, Studied Art
 
Otis/Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, Studied Photography
 




Favorite Photography Books

Matt Mahurin, Matt Mahurin, (photo-eye Cat# MW036H)
 
Photographic Memories, Don Hong-Oai, (photo-eye Cat# ZB426H)
 
Portraits, Richard Avedon, (photo-eye Cat# AB2611)
 
Architecture of Time, Hiroshi Sugimoto, (photo-eye Cat# PK802H)
 
Veiled Observations and Reflections, Hiroshi Watanabe, (photo-eye Cat# ZC024L)
 



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