Alix Smith

  • American photographer
  • Born 1978

Alix Smith (born in 1978 in New York City) is an American photographer. Her projects include Constructed Identities, Arranged Appearances, Through Imitation and States of Union. Smith grew up in New York City and attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart and the Dwight School. She lives and works in New York City. Her photographs have been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe. She received a Master of Fine Arts in photography and related media from the School of Visual Arts in 2005. In the same year, she was selected by ArtReview magazine as one of the best emerging photographers internationally.

For me, art has to have two things to really blow me away: a strong concept and drama.

I actually think that 'States of Union' will be a lifelong endeavor for me. It won't take up all my energy as it has in recent years, but I imagine that I will always continue to add to the body of work - the project of documentation will never be entirely complete.

What I find most satisfying about photography is the way in which it allows me to document 'reality' while at the same time creating my own version thereof; in other words, the reality I present is a reality based upon what I choose to include in the frame and what I choose to leave out.

I refer to what I do as 'conceptual portraits,' meaning that I come up with an idea or concept that I would like to explore, and then I find people that fit that idea.

I felt the most effective way to change people's perception was through the power of images.

For me, the world is a stage, and we are all playing the character we have chosen to play on that stage. It is the job of the photographer to capture the drama of the performance.