Photographer Ali Smith Picks Her Favorites

Ali Smith has lived many lives; as a ballet dancer, performing at New York City’s Lincoln Center; as a rock musician, releasing nine albums and touring the world playing music; and more recently (and throughout), as a photographer.


She has shot hundreds of book covers for major publishing houses internationally, including many NY Times Best sellers, as well as hits like Gossip Girls, Pretty Little Liars, and The Chemical Garden Trilogy. She has also shot advertising jobs for A&E Television, Rimmel London Makeup, Cosmopolitan magazine, and The Blue Man Group, among others, and editorial for magazines internationally.


Ali’s first book, Laws of the Bandit Queens (Three Rivers Press), featured portraits of groundbreaking women, like Alice Walker and Sandra Bernhard, who’d influenced Ali in her career goals.

Her second book, Momma Love; How the Mother Half Lives (Thunder Baby Press), is a riveting portrayal of modern motherhood. Gloria Steinem calls it a gift to moms and The New York Times’ Motherlode blog named it the #1 Mother’s Day Gift of 2013.

She has been profiled on The Oxygen Network, was once the “face” of Cosmopolitan Magazine, has lectured on her work at major institutions, and has exhibited internationally, including at The International Center of Photography (ICP).


This series of images Ali photographed of “The Olson Family, Salt Point NY 2013” are some of her favorites.

To see more go to Ali’s website,  Altpick page, @mommaloveAli on instagram and Twitter. Read more about her book and order it at


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