"Searching beyond difference to find likeness is the essence of understanding, empathy and tolerance. Stronger Shines the Light Inside shows the beauty of those things that make us all human and brings the fundamental needs of refuge, community and belonging into sharp focus. Angie Smith’s work helps us embrace the new, the different and the unknown by demonstrating to us just how alike we all are."

Dave Bieter, Mayor of Boise, Idaho


Project Founder and Director

Angie Smith was born in Eugene, Oregon. Based in Los Angeles yet constantly traveling, she has built a strong career balancing editorial work with teaching and personal projects. She has worked as an editorial photographer for publications such as The New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Travel and Leisure, and the Daily Telegraph. She served as the Director of Development for the Lucie Foundation for three years and she has led photo workshops for National Geographic in Ecuador, Florence, Barcelona, London and Paris. She also teaches photography to teenagers in East LA and has started two photo collectives in Los Angeles, committed to connecting photographers and fostering the photo community.



Hanne Steen is the child of public health workers, and spent her childhood between California, the Central African Republic, Rwanda, Vermont, and Kenya. Her fiction has been published in PANK, Corium, and Prick of the Spindle, and her non-fiction has been in Capricious, Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post, and The Sunday Times Magazine among others. She was a 2014 PEN Emerging Voices Fellow and she is co-founder of the on-going multi-media collaboration Herclayheart. Hanne lives in Los Angeles where she is currently working on a screenplay, an album and a documentary. She was an actress in London for ten years before becoming a writer.




Jess Lakin, Meredith Marlay, Peter Bohler, Celia Hoffman,
Sharon Cech, Amani Olu, Idaho Office for Refugees, IRC Boise


For all inquiries, please contact info@strongershinesthelightinside.com


04.11 – 04.15, 2018
Opening: 4.11, 2018
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd. 

Los Angeles, CA