All posts by Alina Oswald

Alina Oswald is a writer, photographer and educator documenting the AIDS pandemic and the LGBTQ+ community. She is a member of the Undetectable flash collective, Arts Editor of A&U Magazine--America's AIDS Magazine, and author of Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of award-winning, legally blind photographer and HIV/AIDS activist Kurt Weston, as we as a frequent guest on shows and panels discussing HIV and AIDS, photography, and women empowerment. Her work has appeared in national and international publications, as well as in New York City shows and galleries, including Fresh Fruit Festival at Leslie-Lohman Museum, Postcards from the Edge at Visual AIDS, La Vie Galerie and juried exhibitions at Soho Photo Gallery. Alina Oswald also teaches photography and covers portraits, editorials, events, and promotional photography, as well as nature and the environment. Contact her at alinaoswald.com.

Hand - Self-Portraits in Black-and-White. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Hand Portraits in Black & White

Hand (Self-)Portraits: On the Visual Language of Hand Gesture Captured in Black and White

Ron B: Portraits Through Time

Photographing celebrity host, actor and activist Ron B through the years I met Ron B in 2007. She was performing at a World AIDS Day event I was covering. The first thing that stood out to me, upon seeing her on stage, and then off stage, when she came to introduce herself to me, was ...

Fire Streaks. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Photographer’s Block…

What is photographer's block? Does it even exist? And what to do about it? Most people might have heard of writer's block, and some might have even experienced it. [It can be debilitating!] But how about photographer's block? Does photographer's block even exist, especially in this day and age of selfies and smartphoneography (made-up term ...

Empty chairs on an empty stage. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Meaningful Conversations

On the importance of still having meaning conversations with creatives The other day I was streaming a B&H workshop called How to Have a 20/20 Vision in 2020: Propel Your Conversation into Successful Relationships. That's how I found out about Conversations New York, which is definitely something worth checking out, I think. Let's Talk About ...

NYC at Night. View from The Whitney Museum. iPhone photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Art and Photography

How visiting museums and art galleries can better our photography work First of all, I admit that, as a photographer, I should make more time time to go to museums and galleries more often, especially when I'm a lucky gal (I realize that) living pretty close to famous museums such as The Met, The Whitney, ...

2020 New Year's fireworks celebrations. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

2020: New Year’s Resolutions

2020 New Year's Resolutions Now that the holidays are over, the glitter swept away and quietly discarded, and the fireworks smoke dispersed in the night's air, we find ourselves "back to life, back to reality." 2020 New Year's fireworks celebrations. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved. The reality is that it's the year 2020. ...

Heartshape fireworks. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Happy 2020!