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Travel photography is often focused on capturing all the exciting “shiny objects” we see when we’re away from home, but the joy of creating photographs far from home becomes much richer when our work is produced with purpose.
The greatest tool a photographer has is the brain, and Aline Smithson shares new ways of working, providing you with a toolkit of ideas for creating photographs in which you are truly engaged—and, in turn, engage your audience.
To help you consider the medium in new ways, Aline exposes you to genres of contemporary photography, projects created around ideas, and projects that tell personal stories. In addition to leading discussions on best practices for presenting your photographs to the fine-art market, she also meets with each participant to offer individual direction and feedback.
Morning lectures provide inspiration for new ways of seeing and creating work, and yielding assignments leave us plenty of time to capture the beauty of San Miguel.
Join Aline and reconsider how you interpret your life and world. By bringing depth and meaning to your artistic endeavors, you create photographs that tell stories and reveal something deeper about a culture.
Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download and select images using image editing software for class sessions.
Participants should plan to travel to San Miguel no later than Wednesday, October 5. Workshop check-in will be Thursday morning, followed by breakfast and a brief orientation. The workshop ends on Monday evening with a final dinner and image presentations.
Visit the San Miguel Campus page on our website for details on accommodations, meals, transportation, and more.
Enrollment for this San Miguel workshop is limited to 14 participants.
For participants wanting to stay at Hotel Posada de la Aldea, double accommodations are $415 per person for 6 nights, Wednesday through Monday, (for couples taking workshops and friends traveling together) or $830 per person, single accommodations for 6 nights, Wednesday through Monday. Additional nights at the hotel can be arranged for participants; please discuss needs with the Administration Office in Santa Fe.
$3,095 (USD) includes tuition, breakfast Thursday through Tuesday, lunch Thursday through Monday, final dinner on Monday, and model/location/materials fees if applicable to the class. Hotel accommodations are not included in the package price; see details above.
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 »
This workshop is currently full. Use this form to sign up for the waitlist, and SFW will reach out if a seat becomes available.