Aline Smithson: Finding Your Artistic Voice Through Personal Work

June 7, 2016

By David Walker

“Arrangement in Green and Black #10, Portrait of the Photographer’s Mother,” part of a personal project that recreates Whistler’s famous painting and first brought Aline Smithson critical attention. Image © Aline Smithson. 

Photographer Aline Smithson had her career breakthrough more than a decade ago with a series of photographs of her mother that pays homage to “Whistler’s Mother,” the well-known painting by James McNeill Whistler. After Smithson came across a print of the painting at a flea market, she started collecting props—a leopard coat and hat, a piece of leopard fabric, a...

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