Group Exhibition


2013.06.15 - 06.27

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Artist CV

Aline Smithson


Aline Smithson is a visual artist, educator, and editor based in Los Angeles, California. 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 decade-long career as a New York Fashion Editor, Aline returned to Los Angeles and to her own artistic practice.

She has exhibited widely including over 40 solo shows at institutions such as the Griffin Museum of Photography,the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the San Jose Art Museum, the Shanghai, Lishui, and Pingyqo Festivals in China, The Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, the Center of Fine Art Photography in Colorado, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Paris, and the Verve Gallery in Santa Fe. In addition, her work is held in a number of public collections and her photographs have been featured in publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, PDN, Communication Arts, Eyemazing, Real Simple, Los Angeles, Visura, Shots, Pozytyw, and Silvershotz magazines.


In 2007, Aline founded LENSCRATCH, a photography journal that celebrates a different contemporary photographer each day. She has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks Magazine, a contributing writer for Diffusion, Don’t Take Pictures, Lucida, and F Stop Magazines, has written book reviews for photo-eye, and has provided the forewords for artist’s books by Tom Chambers, Meg Griffiths, Flash Forward 12, Robert Rutoed, Nancy Baron, among others. Aline has curated and jurored exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and on-line magazines, including Review Santa Fe, Critical Mass, Flash Forward, and the Griffin Museum. In addition, she is a reviewer and educator at many photo festivals across the United States. Aline has been teaching at the Los Angeles Center of Photography since 2001.

In 2012, Aline received the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community. In 2014 and 2019, Aline’s work was selected for Critical Mass Top 50 and she received the Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER. In 2015, the Magenta Foundation published her first significant monograph, Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography. In 2016, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum commissioned Aline to a series of portraits for the upcoming Faces of Our Planet Exhibition and in 2018 and 2019, Aline was a finalist in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and is exhibiting at the National Portrait Gallery, London. She was commissioned to create the book, LOST: Los Angeles for Kris Graves Projects which released in 2019. Her books are in the collections of the Getty Museum, the Los Angeles Contemporary Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Metropolitan Museum, the Guggenheim, among others. With the exception of her cell phone, she only shoots film.

Ann Mitchell


Ann Mitchell is a Southern California-based artist and educator who uses photography to explore our sense of place, actively engaged in creating worlds of poetic experience. She received a BFA in Photography from Art Center College of Design and worked as an award-winning advertising and editorial photographer for over a decade. Wanting to commit to her own artistic practice, she returned to Claremont Graduate University and completed her MFA in 1997. During her time at CGU, in addition to producing her own work, she discovered her love of organizing and community while curating several large group exhibitions and has continued that commitment through the organizing of photo-related events. After graduation she joined the Art Department at Long Beach City College, where she taught for over two decades, hosted multiple visual media festivals, served as Chair and as Digital Media Program Coordinator.


Her photographs have been included in a large number of solo and group exhibitions in the United States and internationally and have been featured in numerous publications. In 2008 Balcony Press released Austin Val Verde: Impressions of a Montecito Masterpiece, a monograph of her Val Verde project. She continues with her photographic practice in her most recent series The Chance Chronicles, a photomontage set of imagined landscapes.


On Photography

Ann Mitchell’s mother is a painter and her father was a film-maker. Over time, she’s come to realize that her photography…and her thoughts about the medium in general has been deeply influenced by both those artists. She’s always seen photography as an expressive medium that plays with the “real” but is not bound by it. She wants to create images that people can get lost in, that give the essence of a time or place in a way that speaks to the heart.



1997 Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA. M.F.A.

1984 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. B.F.A.


2005     쾰른 미디어 예술대학(Kunsthochschule fuer Medien Kloen)졸업 Valie Export 교수에게 디플롬 석사

2002     뒤셀도르프 쿤스트아카데미 (Kunstakademie Duesseldorf)졸업 아카데미브리프(디플롬), Klaus Rinke 교수에게 마이스터 슐러

1995     중앙대학교 예술대학 조소과 졸업



2010     1978년 일곱살, 가나 컨템포러리, 서울 전시보기

2008     Tomorrow, 대안공간 루프, 서울 전시보기

2007     SKYMAP, 고양미술스튜디오, 고양

2005     원성원 개인전, Galerie Gana-Beaubourg, 파리 전시보기

2003     media.ART.zentrum ,에어랑엔

2002     Digitalart,프랑크프루트

           IP Deutschland,쾰른

2001     Artothek, 본 미술협회, 본