Women in Photography

This year DCP celebrates Women in Photography!
Upcoming Programs

See below for the many opportunities to explore the innovative work of women photographers this year at DCP.

This year, DCP is honored to highlight the current role of women in photography through a rich series of workshops, panel discussions, gallery exhibitions, and speaker events.

The presence and impact of women in the traditionally male-dominated field of photography is finally shifting. From historical and blatant discrimination to the self-selecting nature of agencies, professional groups, and the industry as a whole, women have faced resistance to full involvement in the field. Despite those struggles, women have shaped the medium from the 19th century through today while creating some of the world’s most iconic images along the way.

We hope you’ll join us for these exciting events, and stay tuned for more opportunities to explore the innovative work of women photographers.

Dallas Center for Photography and our year-long Women in Photography program is supported, in part, by Photo Chicks Boutique presented by Arlington Camera, the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture, and MEXZIM Construction Services.






Kicking off our year of programming, documentary filmmaker Julie Winokur discussed the winding path to her current role as film and video producer/director and executive director of a cause-based nonprofit. Her husband and photojournalist Ed Kashi is her primary collaborator, and together, they discussed the strengths and challenges of a relationship between two driven and highly creative artists. Learn more about the discussion here.


Lisa Elmaleh is a prominent presence in the field of documentary photography and a specialist in the use of traditional photographic processes. Returning to the metroplex after her most recent documentary project and humanitarian work on the US-Mexico border, Lisa led a four-day wet plate portfolio building intensive and a public gallery talk as the juror of our Modern Analog competition and exhibition at DCP March 11 – April 2. Learn more about the workshop here.  Read about the Modern Analog exhibition closing reception & gallery talk here.


Memory is a Verb: Exploring Time and Transience brings together eleven women photographic artists exploring the liminal space between time and transience. Represented in this body of work are the universal concepts of loss, mortality, and legacy, and the exploration of what inspires us to seek solace and reexamine our histories, subsequently unearthing discoveries about ourselves, our relationships, and our place in the universe. Curated by Emily Edwards, Assistant Curator at Dallas Contemporary, this timely installation takes over DCP’s gallery from April 15 – May 13. Learn more about the Memory is a Verb exhibition and artists here.

Aline Smithson visits DCP for a five-day professional development workshop designed to help photographers create focused projects and the articulation that surrounds the work. Ultimately, the workshop will inspire participants to reconsider how they make work, how they interpret their lives and their world, and bring depth and meaning to their efforts. Learn more about Aline Smithson’s workshop here.

Moderated by Jessica Ingle, DCP proudly presented Our Stories, Our Photographs., an in-person panel discussion among prominent photographers, artists, and educators discussing the critical role of women in photography. This discussion featured local and national guest speakers, including Susan Kae Grant, Meg Griffiths, Nitashia Johnson, Allison V Smith, and Aline Smithson. Learn more about the panel discussion here.


Juried by artist and photographer Aline Smithson, DCP’s summer open call competition, Hold Up Half the Sky: Photographs by Women, invited women from around the world to submit work to be considered for an exhibition in the DCP gallery. Learn more about the open call and the selected artists here.


Curated by artist and activist Vicki Meek, DCP features an exhibition and discussion with Dallas-based women photographers, amplifying the diverse voices of our city.


In collaboration with Bruce Wood Dance, DCP is honored to present a series of programs exploring the intersection of dance and photography with two of the metroplex’s leading dance photographers, Sharen Bradford and Kent Barker. DCP will exhibit Bradford’s instinctive photography of live performances alongside Barker’s detailed and time-intensive studio work in the community gallery from August 26 – September 16. DCP will also host the featured artists, Bruce Wood Dance’s Artistic Director and Choreographer Joy Bollinger, and a few of their seasoned dancers for an engaging panel discussion on the techniques and creative power of photographing dance. Sharen Bradford will lead a workshop at Bruce Wood Dance, providing exclusive insight into her process of capturing powerful moments in motion.


A Yellow Rose Project is the photographic collaboration of responses, reflections, and reactions to the 19th Amendment from over one hundred women across the United States. DCP will display a selection of their work in a gallery exhibition, accompanied by a panel discussion. Local artist Meg Griffiths will lead a workshop on the expressive power of photographing objects.


Documentary photographer Lisa Elmaleh returns for a major exhibition of her work on the Texas-Mexico border. Elmaleh will talk about the challenges and benefits of shooting with large format film and her personal involvement with her subjects.