Aline Smithson—accomplished photogra- pher, educator, editor, writer and cura- tor—is a well-known champion of other
photographers’ work. Her daily online journal,
Lenscratch ( www.lenscratch.com), which she
began in 2007, features daily posts of fine-art images and interviews with established and emerging
photographers from around the world.
“I think of myself as a chronic emerging pho-
“Visitors are presented with a portfolio of images to
tographer—still curious, still open to ideas and
change, and still reaching for the brass ring,
whatever that is,” Smithson explains. “Being a
photographer is a lifelong journey with success-
es and failures, recognition and rejection. The
only reason you should become a photographer
is because you love taking photographs. And
the only brass ring you need to grab is the one
you create for yourself—with the goal of creating
Over the years, Smithson has featured the work
of more than 2,000 image-makers on Lenscratch.
gain a deeper understanding of a photographer’s
intent and vision,” she says. RF
By David J. Carol
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Above: “Penny,” from the series “Spring Fever” by Aline Smithson.
Champion of Talent