HOLDUP in the HOOD is both a personal and communal exploration of self. It concerns the identity of self that comes with the realization of making one’s mark. The photographs in this series are taken from a larger body of work that documents an after-school, collaborative arts curriculum rooted in self-portraiture. They incorporate drawings, re-cycled photographs, print media and body gesture to explore issues of identity including: race, class and gender.”
Francis Crisafio 2015


_Images from the "HOLDUP" series are in a couple of summer shows in Philadelphia and New York City. If you are in the area check out the exhibitions at SOHO PHOTO 07.07.15 > 07.25.2015, juried by Elizabeth Avedon and at the PHILADELPHIA PHOTO ARTS CENTER, juried by Whitney Richardson of the NYTimes LENS Blog, 06.11.15 > 08.08.2015

_I was recently at photoNOLA 2014 in New Orleans and had a chance to talk to Jonathan Blaustein of the Photo Editor. HOLDUP got a mention in the Editor READ IT HERE:

_Aline Smithson featured "HOLDUP in the HOOD", a FILTER PHOTO FESTIVAL prize winner on LENSCRATCH, read it HERE

_HYPERALLERGIC, Holdup in the Hood", Alicia Eler, 10.21.13

_The WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY ORGANIZATION, 2013, "Holdup in the Hood" & "Samson's Hair Repaired"

_An image [one of six] featured on the FENCE in Brooklyn from the "HOLDUP in the HOOD" series was selected as one of "15 of Our Favorite Photos from THE FENCE at Photoville" in the online zine FEATURE SHOOT


_SOHO PHOTO GALLERY, National Competition, New York City, "HOLDUP in the HOOD", Juror | Elizabeth Avedon, Curator & The Eye of Photography, 07.07.15 > 07.25.2015
_PHILADELPHIA PHOTO ARTS CENTER, "HOLDUP in the HOOD", Jurors | Whitney Richardson, NYTimes Lens Blog & Paige West, Mixed Greens, NYC., 06.11.15 > 08.08.2015
_MOP Denver, TBellphotographic Gallery, "HOLDUP in the HOOD", Juror | Rupert Jenkins, executive director, colorado photographic arts center, 2015
_TEXAS PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, TPS:27, Member's Only Show, "HOLDUP in the HOOD", 3RD PRIZE, Juror | Jim Casper, LensCulture, 2014
_THE APERTURE SUMMER OPEN , Aperture Foundation Gallery, NEW YORK CITY, NY., Juror | Chris Boot, 07.17 > 08.30.2014
_THE LOS ANGELES CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY, Juried Member Exhibition 07.12.14 > 08.17.14, Juror | Paul Kopeikin, Kopeikin Gallery, LA
_THE CENTER FOR FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY, Center Forward 2014, FORT COLLINS, CO., Juror | Hamidah Glasgow, 07.18 > 08.30.14
_GRIFFIN MUSEUM of PHOTOGRAPHY, 20th Juried Exhibition, BOSTON, MA., Juror | Aline Smithson, 07.10 > 08.31.2014
_PROJECT BASHO / ONWARD Compe 14, PHILADELPHIA, PA., Juror | Andrew Moore, 03.01 >  04. 27. 2014
_NEW ORLEANS PHOTO ALLIANCE, "Masquerade", "Holdup in the Hood", NEW ORLEANS, LA.,Juror | Aline Smithson, 02.01.13 > 03.3 0.2014
_VERMONT PHOTOPLACE GALLERY, “BLACK&WHITE”, Juror | Karen E. Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.
_FILTER PHOTO FESTIVAL / "BLOW UP", Chicago, IL., “Holdup in the Hood”, Juror | Aline Smithson, 09.03.13 > 10.25.13