Throughout this five-day workshop, Aline will present current trends and genres in fine art photography that will help spark new ideas and inspire you to not simply take photographs, but to conceive projects based on your ideas, personal experiences, and the world around you. Participants will garner a deeper understanding of the Fine Art Market and learn best practices for presenting work. Students learn construct bios, write artist and project statements, and resumes. We will explore photography competitions and learn how to prepare work for exhibition. Information about portfolio reviews and exhibition proposals are also covered. Projects of new and established fine art photographers are studied so that participants will understand what makes a successful series. Aline will also explain editioning and pricing of work. Though much of the workshop will be in the classroom, we will set aside time to create new work.

The workshop is taught from the perspective of a working photographer. Participants will learn from Aline's unusual perspective of sitting on both sides of the reviewing table. New work will be encouraged through class assignments and she will make time for one-on-one sessions with all the participants, where portfolios can be shaped and edited. Come join us for a week of inspiration, motivation, and self-discovery in a warm and supportive environment.


Aline Smithson

Aline SmithsonAfter a career as a New York Fashion Editor and working along side the greats of fashion photography, Aline Smithson discovered the family Rolleiflex and never looked back. Now represented by galleries in the U.S. and Europe and published throughout the world, Aline continues to create her award-winning photography with humor, compassion, and a 50-year-old camera.

She has exhibited widely including solo shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Lishui Festival in China, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Paris, and the Wallspace Gallery in Seattle and Santa Barbara. In addition, her work is held in a number of public collections. Her photographs have been featured in publications including PDN (cover), the PDN Photo Annual, Communication Arts Photo Annual, Eyemazing, Soura, Visura, Fraction, Artworks, Lenswork Extended, Shots, Pozytyw, and Silvershotz magazines.

In 2012, Aline received the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community. In 2014, Aline’s work was selected for the Critical Mass Top 50, the PDN Photo Annual, and Review Santa Fe. Aline also received the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER. Aline founded and writes the blogzine, LENSCRATCH, that celebrates a different contemporary photographer each day and offers opportunity for exhibition. She has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks Magazine, is a contributing writer for Diffusion, Don’t Take Pictures, Lucida, and F Stop Magazines, has written book reviews for photoeye, and has provided the forwards for artist’s books by Tom Chambers, Flash Forward 12, Robert Rutoed, Nancy Baron amongst others.

Aline has curated and juried exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and on-line magazines. She was an overall juror in 2012 for Review Santa Fe, a juror for Critical Mass from 2009-2013, a juror for Flash Forward in 2012 and 2013, and is a reviewer at many photo festivals across the United States. Though she was nominated for The Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award from 2008-2012 and for The Santa Fe Prize in Photography in 2009 by Center, she considers her children her greatest achievement. She is a founding member of the Six Shooters and lives and works in Los Angeles. 


Course Dates

Aug 20 to Aug 26



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