Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Published: Sight & Sound

January 2015. Sight & Sound

Super happy about my portrait of Frederick Wiseman published so beautifully in the British Film Institute's magazine Sight & Sound. Don't you agree, print rules?!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Portrait assignment

My Dad. 1986. Dallas. Texas © Allison V. Smith
My Mom and Buki. 1986. Dallas. Texas © Allison V. Smith

I started taking photography seriously in 10th grade. My photo teacher gave us an assignment to copy another photographer's style. I chose Richard Avedon who in 1985 had his In the American West show at the Amon Carter Museum. I found white backdrops in my home and photographed members of my family and friends. Above portraits of my dad, mom and our beautiful Maine Coon Cat named Buki.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Stanley Marcus in his office. 2001. Dallas, Texas © Allison V. Smith

I made this portrait of my one of kind grandfather using my Holga camera 14 years ago, pre-iphone app-instagram filters.  Yes, I remember those days well. Stanley died one month later, January 22, 2002. I love the details of his art collection, his dapper self with his gold topped cane and the stuffed NM shopping bag. I will forever treasure this moment. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Je Suis Charlie

Eiffel Tower. 2013. Paris, France © Allison V. Smith

I can't get the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack out of my head or heart.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Happy Birthday to the King, David Bowie and my Dad

Fred, front row third from left. Portland, Maine

Fred, front row fourth from left. Portland, Maine

While looking for photos of my Dad on his birthday, I found these two school photos from his youth growing up in Portland, Maine. So many great outfits & faces. I'm guessing these were made 1938-1940. Recognize anyone? #savefamilyphotos !!

Friday, January 02, 2015

Reflect and Respect

White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. 1932 © Stanley Marcus

While doing a little bit of New Year's day organizing, I came across this portrait my grandfather made of a man in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia in 1932 while on his honeymoon with my grandmother. In the spirit of Cornell Capa's "The Concerned Photographer",  I am spending my New Year reflecting and respecting images from the past.  And at this moment, this 83 year old photograph really resonates with why I love being a photographer. It is a personal and truthful portrait of a stranger. His loose tie, furrowed brow and elegant hands make me pause. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Cuba. 1999. ©Allison V. Smith

Cuba. 1999. ©Allison V. Smith

Que Viva Cuba!

Great news for Cuba-American relations today. I visited Cuba on a journalist Visa in 1999 while I was a staff photographer at the Dallas Morning News. I photographed members of the Buena Vista Social Club in their homes. It was a sweet highlight of my photography career. Check out Alex Harris's photographs of Cuba and David Alan Harvey's photographs of Cuba. Both photographers completely inspire me with their ability to capture the beautiful soul of Cuba.