Aline Smithson: Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography

Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography is a near-twenty year culmination of portrait photographs captured by award-winning photographer, writer, and educator Aline Smithson. The book contains her continued  hand-painted photographs - including her defining series, Arrangement in Green and Black: Portrait of the Photographer’s Mother - where she intertwines humor and family to create a universal expression of motherhood. This book is completed by her most recent 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, has created a visual language that is her own unique autobiography.