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Self & Others
Self & Others

Self & Others

Portrait as Autobiography

Photographs By Aline Smithson



214 Pages, 12 x 11

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $60.00 (US $60.00) (CA $60.00)

Publication Date: October 2015

ISBN 9781926856063

Rights: US & CA

The Magenta Foundation (Oct 2015)

Price: $60.00


Created over an almost 20-year span and drawing from 18 bodies of work, this is the first published monograph of Aline Smithson's work and features her defining series Arrangement in Green and Black: Portrait of the Photographer's Mother. From black-and-white to hand-painted photographs, this collection of portraits combines humor and family to create a universal expression of motherhood, to capture the essence of childhood, and to examine created realities, the poignancy of childhood, and the pathos of aging and relationships. She 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 as a reflection of herself and the stories she wants to tell and in this way she has created a visual language that is her own unique autobiography.


Named one of the Top 10 Best Photography Books of 2015 by Slate, the photo blog from Behold.

Author Biography

Aline Smithson is a photographer and teacher who curates for the Los Angeles Center of Photography. She has received the Griffin Museum of Photography Rising Star Award for her contributions to the photographic community. Her work has been selected for Critical Mass Top 50, PDN Photo Annual, and Review Santa Fe. She lives in Los Angeles, California.