• Self & Others by Aline Smithson
  • Self & Others by Aline Smithson
  • Self & Others by Aline Smithson
  • Self & Others by Aline Smithson
  • Self & Others by Aline Smithson
  • Self & Others by Aline Smithson
  • Self & Others by Aline Smithson

Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography
Aline Smithson

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.

Introduction by
Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography

Foreword by
Karen Sinsheimer, Curator of Photography, Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA)

Afterword by
Aline Smithson

Fall 2015
Format & Features
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

The Special Edition features a soft-touch cover book, inside of a high-gloss, foil stamped drawer box with a pull-tab.
List Price
$60 (book)
$150 (special edition book in box)
$300 (special edition book in box, with print)

Aline Smithson

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 Paris, and the Wallspace Gallery in Seattle and Santa Barbara. In addition, her work is held in a number of public 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, Don’t Take Pictures, Lucida, and F Stop Magazines, has written book reviews for photoeye, and has provided the forwards for artist’s books by Tom Chambers, Flash Forward 12, Robert Rutoed, Nancy Baron amongst others.

Aline has curated and juried exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and on-line magazines. She was an overall juror in 2012 for Review Santa Fe, a juror for Critical Mass from 2009-2013, a juror for Flash Forward in 2012 and 2013, and is a reviewer at many photo festivals across the United States. Though she was nominated for The Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award from 2008-2012 and for The Santa Fe Prize in Photography in 2009 by Center, she considers her children her greatest achievement. She is a founding member of the Six Shooters Collective and is currently teaching and curating for the Los Angeles Center of Photography in Los Angeles.

Aline Smithson


In this month’s B+W Pedro Abascal’s powerful documentation of his home country, Cuba, at a point of change; Chris Upton shares his compelling images of one of Britain’s last collieries; Susan Burnstine introduces the imagery of Aline Smithson; Tim Clinch looks at the life and times of the great Don McCullin; 2015 Black+White Photographer of the Year winner Vicki Painting launches her new series Insight; plus we launch our competition in collaboration with theprintspace: enter and you could win a solo exhibition at a top London venue! Black + White Magazine (UK), February 2016 »
This note (on time, more or less as promised [it’s not Thursday morning], and in sequence, though there are five posts between this and no. 1 yet to be posted) is dedicated to Aline Smithson. Aline has been one of the brightest lights of the virtual photography world; her blog Lenscratch has almost single-handedly fleshed out the notion of a fully featured internet magazine. Reviewing her indices of scores, or hundreds, of photographers, it becomes apparent that every one of the articles, interviews, profiles, etc. appeared on her site. Created and written for Lenscratch. That is a lot of original content. Not to mention all the listings and related professional information she has shared. Book of the Week ~ Note no. 7 »
Can you leaf through a photographer’s book filled with portraits of other people and feel as if it’s her autobiography? Smithson’s first book covers nearly two decades of her work, which ranges from candid photographs of family and friends to formal portraiture influenced by fashion, a nod to old Hollywood and a series with her mother inspired by James McNeill Whistler. Smithson shows it’s possible to know someone by knowing their art. –David Rosenberg The 10 Best Photography Books of 2015 by Slate.com »