Fresh Friday Finds: Ali Smith

New York City based photographer Ali Smith has found success in the arts time and time again. She was a former ballet dancer who performed on the prestigious stage at Lincoln Center, she toured the world when she was in a punk rock band that released nine albums, and now her full-time gigs include raising her son and taking pictures. Lately, she has been working largely in the publishing industry with over 300 book covers under her already substantial belt and recently shot the book trailer for Lauren DeStefano’s Severthe final book in the bestselling Chemical Garden trilogy. Smith’s style and creativity has become a go-to when flirty, feminine, strong, and powerful images are needed.


Smith’s work has also been featured in solo and group shows in New York, Los Angeles, and London as well as in Marie Claire and Cosmopolitan magazines. She has photographed advertisements for clients like Rimmel London Makeup and The Blue Man Group. Her photo essays have become published books like her debut Laws of the Bandit Queens (2002).


Photo © Ali Smith


Photo © Ali Smith


Photo © Ali Smith

Twelve years in the making, one of Smith’s newest project is a collection of forty portraits of women and their personal stories regarding motherhood called Momma Love; How the Mother Half Lives. Gloria Steinem says, “Ali Smith has given us a gift with Momma Love; a fresh, eye-opening manifestation of motherhood’s contemporary realities.” With support from Smith’s Kickstarter campaign, she hopes to get this new book published and find success one more time. To learn more about Ali Smith’s work, visit