Photo credit Steven St. John

October 17 – 18, 2018, 10am-5pm

Preparing for Reviews is a two-day workshop with Aline Smithson, dedicated to helping photographers refine and perfect their portfolios to maximize their time in reviews and other professional meetings.

Aline has had the unique experience of sitting on both sides of the table. She has attended RSF three times as a photographer, but also is a reviewer at photo festivals around the country. In addition, she writes about photographers on a daily basis for Lenscratch. With a first hand understanding of the photographic journey, she will share the nuances in presenting multiple projects to different reviewers, customizing professional presentations, and the most effective methods for highlighting your strengths as an image-maker. Most importantly, she will focus on the articulation of the work. With a comprehensive perspective of the industry, Aline will hone and amplify your visual voice, and discusses editing and sequencing your work for different reviewers. This workshop also includes an individual portfolio editing and sequencing session.


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Aline Smithson is a Los Angeles based artist best known for her conceptual portraiture and a practice that uses humor and pathos to explore ideas of childhood, aging, and the humanity that connects us. She received a BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara and was accepted into the College of Creative Studies, studying under artists such as William Wegman, Alan Ruppersburg, and Charles Garabian. After a career as a New York Fashion Editor working along side the greats of fashion photography, Aline returned to Los Angeles and her own artistic practice.

She has exhibited widely including over 40 solo shows at institutions such as the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Shanghai, Lishui, and Pingyqo Festivals in China, The Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, the Center of Fine Art Photography in Colorado, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Paris, and the Verve Gallery in Santa Fe. In addition, her work is held in a number of public collections and her photographs have been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, PDN (cover), the PDN Photo Annual, Communication Arts Photo Annual, Eyemazing, Soura, Visura, Shots, Pozytyw, and Silvershotz magazines.

Aline is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Lenscratch, a daily journal on photography and has been teaching at the Los Angeles Center of Photography since 2001. 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 and she received the Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER. In 2015, the Magenta Foundation published her first significant monograph, Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography. In 2016, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum commissioned Aline to a series of portraits for the upcoming Faces of Our Planet Exhibition.