SFW Online

Launching or Refining Your Career as a Fine-Art Photographer

with Aline Smithson

April 20 – May 18, 2022

Wednesdays; 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (Mountain Time)

  • Tuition $595.00

Online registration for this program has closed. To check availability or if you would like further information, please call 505-983-1400 ext. 111.

Course Description

The year ahead reveals a fine-art photography landscape unlike any in the last thirty years of photography. The traditional path of getting your work out has changed, and the artist must think creatively about how to adapt to the new reality of selling your art. Quite a few galleries have closed their doors and others have gone virtual. In addition, photo centers and museums are looking for work that speaks to this moment in time. It can be a confusing time to be a fine-art photographer and an important time to understand the shifting sands.

This four-session, online workshop with Aline Smithson explains, uncovers, and helps demystify the current fine-art photography landscape as well as inspire each participant to present their photographs with thoughtful consideration. Aline addresses print editioning, pricing, presentation, and installation while providing a road map to taking charge of your career.

Equally important to creating a stellar and deeply considered body of work are all the elements that surround and support it—your bio, project statement, website—and the understanding of where and how to place the work. Participants work on elevating their written materials and all the varied elements that accompany their work.

Weekly assignments in between the lively group sessions are designed to develop and expand each participant’s skills and insights to their career paths. The goal of this hands-on, virtual workshop is to not only increase your knowledge of the fine-art arena, but also to present yourself and your images in a meaningful way.

Additional Information

Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
Special Notes:

Class will meet 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (Mountain Time) on Wednesdays starting April 20 and ending May 18 (four online group sessions). NOTE: There is no class meeting on May 11. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.

Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from Zoom.com) will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.

Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.


View Withdrawal and Transfer Policies for online programs.

For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Fine Art, Professional Development
Aline Smithson

Aline Smithson is a visual artist, editor, and educator based in Los Angeles, California. 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.

Aline is the founder of Lenscratch, a daily journal on photography. She has received the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography and the prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER. In 2014 and 2019, Smithson’s work was selected for the Critical Mass Top 50. In 2015, the Magenta Foundation published her retrospective monograph, Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography, and in 2016, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum commissioned Smithson to create a series of portraits for the upcoming Faces of Our Planet Exhibition. In 2018 and 2019, her work was exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery in London as part of the Taylor Wessing Prize. Kris Graves Projects published her book, LOST II: Los Angeles and included her work in SOLACE and On Death. Peanut Press released her monograph, Fugue State, in fall of 2021.

Aline has been a juror for a host of organizations and galleries and reviewer and educator at photo festivals around the U.S. Besides her iPhone, she only shoots film.

Get to know Aline in our Inspiration Series video »

Instagram: @alinesmithson

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