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Ali Smith is right up there with Zelda Fitzgerald as one of my favorite crack-pots of all time!

- Karen Duffy, actress, VJ, author, portrait subject.

Ali Smith is an award-winning portrait and documentary photographer based in NYC and the UK. Starting out in the worlds of music and underground art, she developed a vibrant style which is now sought after by clients internationally.

Ali has photographed celebrities, politicians, criminals, artists, prisoners, models, drug addicts, homeless families, you name it, she’s photographed it. But her deepest passion lies in photographing meaningful stories about women’s lives.

This passion led to the release of two critically acclaimed books. Oxygen Television ran a feature on her book, Laws on the Bandit Queens, and her award-winning book, Momma Love, was a New York Times top pick and Gloria Steinem called it a gift to moms. 

Ali has taught, lectured and exhibited extensively, including at The International Center of Photography, Milk Gallery, NYU, Alfred University, and with Girls for Gender Equity (founded by Tarana Burke of the #MeToo movement). There, she designed and taught a photography program for teenaged girls in underserved communities. 

Clients Include: The New York Times • The Guardian • Johnson & Johnson • NBC • A&E • HarperCollins • Simon and Schuster • New York Family • Getty Images • New York Magazine • The Today Show • Random House • Scholastic • Penguin • Little, Brown • Marie Claire • Cosmopolitan • Jordache • Rimmel London • Easy Spirit • Guitar Player • Time Out NY • Fabulous Mama • Mothering • Bust • Emmy • MacMillan • Disney • Hyperion • Bloomsbury • Grazia • Alloy Entertainment • Metro Parents • Tory Burch • Eltern • MCA Records and more.

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When I saw Ali’s photos, I knew she had caught every key moment and paid attention to some details others might have overlooked. She naturally established an easy going connection with all involved while remaining independent from their struggles.

- Florence Nash,

People Magazine