ALINE SMITHSON: Monograph | Self + Others: Portrait As Autobiography

Self + Others: Portrait As Autobiography
Photographs by Aline Smithson
Published by the Magenta Foundation

 Fur from Daughter
Photograph © Aline Smithson

Special Edition soft-cover in a fabulous Drawer Box!

Mr. Malin from Hollywood at Home

Aline Smithson is known as a superstar among her peers. She is beloved in the photo community she so generously promotes and supports daily in her award winning journal, LENSCRATCH, she teaches workshops at the Los Angeles Center of Photography, jury's exhibitions and reviews at portfolio reviews all around the country – while working full-time on her own photography career.

Now, the Magenta Foundation is publishing Aline Smithson's first monograph, Self + Others: Portrait As Autobiography, portrait photographs spanning over twenty years. A gorgeous must-have photography book, with a foreword by Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator at the Griffin Museum of Photography; an introduction by Karen Sinsheimer, Curator of Photography at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and some very interesting, revealing text from the photographer about her photographic series, opens each chapter.

I have always been partial to Aline Smithson's black and white photographs of her family with her children at various ages and stages. I was interested to learn she was inspired by some of my favorite photographers. She writes "...I was drawn to the humanity of the early portraits of Keith Carter, captured near his home in Beaumont, Texas; I was fascinated with the intimacy Diane Arbus was able to create with strangers; and I was affected by Matt Mahurin’s moody and gestural images, which inspired me to print darker and take risks in the darkroom."

Night Light from Daughter
Photograph © Aline Smithson

Photograph © Aline Smithson

Venus Rising from Inside Out
Photograph © Aline Smithson

11" × 12"
216 pages with foldout section
55 B&W photographs and 75 colour photographs
Full colour throughout and gilded edges
ISBN 978-1-926856-06-3

Special Edition soft-touch cover book,
inside of a high-gloss, foil stamped
drawer box with a pull-tab

$60 (book)
$150 (special edition book in box)
$300 (special edition book in box, with print)
Self + Others: Portrait As Autobiography
Photographs by Aline Smithson

"Aline Smithson Talks To Elizabeth Avedon" 


Rocio De Alba said...

I've been waiting for this one!! Thanks Elizabeth. Aline, any plans for book signing? Congratulations.

Lenscratch said...

I'll be attending all the photo festivals this fall, have one in LA and at various shows around the county...hope for SF and NY in the Spring...

Charles Mintz said...

Superstar indeed.

Paul Matzner said...

Aline is so inspiring as both a teacher and a photographer. I've never seen one person wear so many hats and be such an effective writer, artist, teacher, collaborator, juror, friend, ...all with humor and empathy and genuine interest in her community of photographers.