“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. 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 incorporate drawings, re-cycled photographs, print media and body gesture to explore issues of race, class and gender.” Francis Crisafio 2015


_I was recently at photoNOLA 2014 for the portfolio review and a nice mention on the Photo Editor came out of that trip written by Jonathan Blaustein, 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

_The 2 pieces of work in the show at the GRIFFIN MUSEUM this summer in Boston received a mention in the BOSTON GLOBE, you can about the exhibit HERE

_This is an older piece written about this project before I titled it "Holdup in the Hood". It was published in Photo District News EDU in New York by Jill Waterman. You can read it here "INSIDE OUT" by Julie Elman / PDN/Edu


_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.
_ONWARD 14 / PROJECT BASHO, in Philadelphia, PA., Juror | Andrew Moore,   03.01.14 > 04.13.2014
_FILTER PHOTO FESTIVAL / "BLOW UP", Chicago, IL., “Holdup in the Hood”, Juror | Aline Smithson, 09.03.13 > 10.25.13