Photographing with Intention with Aline Smithson

Join Aline Smithson for a professional development workshop designed to help photographers craft focused projects and articulate their creative intent.
Upcoming Classes
Apr 16
Price: $875

Members get up to 20% off

This 5-day workshop is held at DCP. Series runs April 16 - April 20 from 9am-1pm.

Today’s fine art photography market asks for more than beautiful, well-crafted images. Curators, gallerists, and editors seek work created with intention and/or focused on an idea or concept. In addition, they are looking for photographers who can not only articulate their images and projects but reinterpret the world with intelligence and thoughtful analysis, whether it be work made close to home or in regions undiscovered.

Join Aline Smithson for a workshop designed to help photographers create focused projects and the articulation that surrounds the work. Participants will be exposed to genres of contemporary photography, projects created around ideas, and projects that tell personal stories. Aline will offer exercises so that students can identify a personal vision or a subject worth exploring, providing a tool belt of ideas to create work. Ultimately, the workshop will inspire participants to reconsider how they make work, how they interpret their lives and their world, and by bringing depth and meaning to their efforts.

Daily assignments will be given, and Aline will provide one-on-one feedback and guidance throughout the workshop.

  • Dates of the workshop: April 16 – April 20
  • Time: 9am – 1pm
  • Cost per person is $875
  • All DCP members receive a discount on class registration! Not a member? Join today!
  • Location: Dallas Center for Photography – 4756 Algiers St., Dallas, TX 75207
  • Advanced registration and payment are required.

Class Schedule

Day One:

  • Introductions, work shared, pre-workshop assignments
  • Presentations: Evolution of a Fine Art Photographer, Creating a Fine Art Portfolio, Typologies, Under the same Umbrella
  • One-on-one Sessions

Day Two:

  • Share Homework
  • Presentations: Narrative, Conceptual, Vernacular
  • PM- Self-Portraits, Time, Memory
  • One-on-one Sessions

Day Three:

  • Share Homework
  • Understanding narratives, Night, Staged Photography
  • One-on-one Sessions

Day Four:

  • Share Homework
  • Text and Image, Understanding the Fine art Market
  • One-on-one Sessions

Day Five:

  • Share Homework
  • Ideas for moving forward, more presentations
  • Goal Setting
  • One-on-one Sessions


This workshop has special terms and conditions that supplement and/or replace the general terms found elsewhere on the DCP website.

If you cancel more than 31 days before the workshop begins, we’ll refund any payments minus a $100 processing fee. If you cancel between 22 to 31 days before the workshop’s start date, we will refund any payments received to date minus a $200 cancellation penalty. If you cancel less than 21 days before the workshop’s start date, you will forfeit 100% of the workshop fee. If you can’t attend, you are welcome to send someone in your place.

Dallas Center for Photography reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time for low enrollment or for other reasons and will promptly refund all payments made to date. In the event of a workshop cancellation, DCP is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets, hotel reservations, and other travel arrangements.

Aline Smithson

Aline Smithson is a visual artist, editor, and educator based in Los Angeles, California. She is best known for her conceptual portraiture and a practice that uses humor and pathos to explore the performative potential of photography. Growing up in the shadow of Hollywood, her work is influenced by the elevated unreal. She has exhibited widely including over 40 solo shows at a variety of international institutions and her work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, and PDN.

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