Welcome to my website! I am a writer, photographer, educator, and also author of JOURNEYS THROUGH DARKNESS: A BIOGRAPHY telling the story of the AIDS pandemic through the inspiring story of Kurt Weston, an award-winning, legally blind photographer.

©Alina Oswald

A self-portrait. ©Alina Oswald

I am Arts Editor at A&U Magazine–America’s AIDS Magazine and have written and photographed for Out IN Jersey Magazine, among other publications, reporting on HIV/AIDS- and LGBTQ-related stories.

In addition, my photography and photography-related writing have been featured in Precise Moment photo magazine and most recently in the ARTSnFOOD magazine, among others. I also write a weekly photography-related blog. Check it out!

I’m also an NYIP photography instructor. Check out what my NYIP students say about me (thank you very much!)

For several years now I’ve been a regular guest on (and photographed) Ron B‘s show, No Boundaries Up Close and Personal, produced and directed by Gloria Messer . Subjects of interest include HIV, AIDS, related art and activism, LGBTQ+, and also women artists and women empowerment.

On World AIDS Day 2018 I was also on a panel discussion at the opening of Kurt Weston‘s photography show Remember: An AIDS Retrospective, at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. The award-winning photographer invited me and others to talk about HIV, AIDS, PrEP and U = U, and also, HIV-inspired artwork.

With Terry Roberts and award-winning photographer Kurt Weston attending the opening night of Weston's show, Remember: An AIDS Retrospective, at OCCCA.

With Terry Roberts and award-winning photographer Kurt Weston attending the opening night of Weston’s show, Remember: An AIDS Retrospective, at OCCCA. World AIDS Day 2018.

As a writer and photographer, I document the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities, and also write about photography and studio lighting. As a photographer, I cover portraits/headshots, editorials, events, weddings/engagements, and ad campaigns (mostly, but not always, related to LGBTQ or HIV/AIDS). Whenever possible, I capture the environment and Mother Nature at its worst and at its best, aerial photography, as well as visual stories about women rights, human rights in general, and animal rights.

My photography work has been featured in Manhattan and NYC-area art shows and galleries, including Postcards from the Edge (Visual AIDS), Fresh Fruit Festival (Leslie-Lohman Museum), SoHo Photo Gallery, LITM, Jersey City Museum at Victory Hall, La Vie Galerie, and others.

B&W nature photography by Alina Oswald on canvas at La Vie Galerie.

My b&w nature photography on canvas displayed at La Vie Galerie.

A former board member of Professional Women Photographers, I’m also a member of Infinity Photographic Society and the Undetectable flash collective in New York City.

Feel free to browse through my website and check out my Clients and Work Samples page and/or my Writing/Photography Samples page. For more samples of my work, please check out my Alamy contributor portfolio. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’ll do my best to be of help.

Here are a few samples of my photography work:

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Links to more work samples are posted below:


Stock Photography

HIV Warriors prevention campaign; read more about HIV Warriors prevention campaign in A&U Magazine–America’s Magazine

Photo Books

Other Images

Or follow me on Instagram or my blog at

Thanks for stopping by! Please don’t hesitate to contact me. Look forward to hearing from you!

Alina Oswald














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