Self & Others.
Portrait as Autobiography.


Photographs by Aline Smithson. Introduction by Paula Tognarelli, Foreword by Karen Sinsheimer.
Magenta Foundation, Toronto, Canada, 2015. 208 pp., 45 black-and-white and 60 color illustrations, 11x12".



Publisher's Description

This is the first published monograph of Aline Smithson’s work.

Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography is an almost 20 year culmination of portrait photographs captured by award-winning photographer Aline Smithson. Beginning with her early forays into black and white work, produced as darkroom silver gelatin prints, she photographed the world around her considering the poignancy of childhood and the pathos of aging and relationships. The book continues with her hand painted photographs featuring her defining series, Arrangement in Green and Black: Portrait of the Photographer’s Mother, where she combines humor and family to create a universal expression of motherhood. The book is completed by her color projects that revisit beauty, the essence of childhood, and an examination of created realities. Aline brings a background in painting and fashion to her images, but at the heart of her work is her ability to recognize the inner self of her subjects. The photographer considers all her portraits a reflection of herself and the stories she wants to tell, and in that way, she has created a visual language that is her own unique autobiography.

After a career as a New York Fashion Editor, working alongside the greats of fashion photography, Aline Smithson discovered the family Rolleiflex and never looked back. She is now represented by galleries in the U.S. and Europe and published throughout the world. Aline has exhibited 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 Paris, and the Wallspace Gallery in Seattle and Santa Barbara.

In 2012, Aline received the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community. In 2014, Aline’s work was selected for the Critical Mass Top 50, the PDN Photo Annual, and Review Santa Fe. She is currently teaching and curating for the Los Angeles Center of Photography.


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