Award winning photographer Aline Smithson generously promotes and supports the work of other photographers and photo professionals daily on her award winning journal, LENSCRATCH; as well as giving workshops at the Los Angeles Center of Photography and jurying exhibitions and portfolio reviews around the country. Now Smithson's first monograph, a twenty-year retrospective of her portrait work, Self and Others: Portrait as Autobiography, will be published by The Magenta Foundation this Fall.
"I have always felt that the act of creating a portrait is equally a reflection of the artist and the sitter. I tend to work with people I know--family, friends, and neighbors, so that the process is in fact, autobiographical. I am not only telling their story, but also telling my own. I still shoot film and work for the most part, with a mid century Rolleiflex. I like the slowed down nature of shooting film and the sense of history and methodology it brings to my art making." – Aline Smithson
I am thrilled to announce the Kickstarter campaign created to raise funds for the publication of award-winning photographer Aline Smithson's first monograph, Self and Others: Portrait as Autobiography, by the Magenta Foundation in the Fall of 2015.
"This will be the first published monograph of Aline Smithson's portrait photographs spanning over twenty years. Self and 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." –The Magenta Foundation
"Hello friends! I am so excited to announce my first monograph, Self and Others: Portrait as Autobiography, and share my Kickstarter campaign created to raise funds for publication. The book will be published by the Magenta Foundation in Fall of 2015. I could really use your support to make this book a reality." Watch the Kickstarter video here
Read about Aline Smithson's series, Arrangement in Green and Black: Portrait of the Photographer's Mother, here on L'Oeil de la Photography.