Aline Smithson will be presenting a talk on strategies for presenting work and considerations of creating photographic art in the moment of time, and will end the evening sharing some of her work and subjects that draw her interest.
ALINE SMITHSON is a visual artist, editor, and educator based in Los Angeles, California. She is best known for her conceptual portraiture and a practice that uses humor and pathos to explore the performative potential of photography. Growing up in the shadow of Hollywood, her work is influenced by the elevated unreal. She received a BA in Art from the University of California at Santa Barbara and was accepted into the College of Creative Studies, studying under artists such as William Wegman, Allen Ruppersburg, and Charles Garabian. After a career as a New York Fashion Editor working alongside some the greats of fashion photography, Smithson returned to Los Angeles and her own artistic practice. She has exhibited widely, including over 40 solo shows in the US and abroad. Her work is held in a number of public collections and her photographs have been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, PDN (cover), the PDN Photo Annual, and many others. Smithson is the Founder and Editor- in-Chief of Lenscratch, a daily online journal on photography. She has been an educator at the Los Angeles Center of Photography since 2001 and her teaching spans the globe.
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