2024 Juror Lecture & Workshop


The juror for 2024, Aline Smithson is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, educator, and editor based in Los Angeles, California. Her practice examines the archetypal foundations of the creative impulse and she uses humor and pathos to explore the performative potential of photography.
Smithson has exhibited widely including over 50 solo shows at institutions such as the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the San Jose Art Museum, the Shanghai, Lishui, and Pingyqo Festivals in China, and numerous others.
In 2007, Smithson founded LENSCRATCH, a photography journal that celebrates a different contemporary photographer each day. She has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks Magazine, a contributing writer for Diffusion, Don’t Take Pictures, Lucida, and F Stop Magazines, and has written numerous book reviews for photo-eye. Smithson has curated and jurored exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and on-line magazines, including Review Santa Fe, Critical Mass, Flash Forward, and the Griffin Museum. In addition, she is a reviewer and educator at many photo festivals across the United States. Smithson has been teaching at the Los Angeles Center of Photography since 2001 and also teaches at a variety of institutions such as ICP, SFW, MMW, and others.


2024 Rarefied Light Juror Lecture with Aline Smithson – July 11th at 7pm via ZOOM
The Ephemeral Archive
Aline Smithson will share their journey as a photographer, things they have learned along the way, and their current obsession with how photographs move through time. – via Zoom


The Photographer’s Journey

July 12th, 5-7pm July 13th 10a-12p & 1-4pm July 14th 10a-12p & 1-4pm via ZOOM

This 2 ½ day workshop will help demystify the contemporary fine art photography market and give selected lectures on ways of working, navigating the photographic waters, and ideas for moving forward.Today’s fine art photography market asks for more than beautifully, well-crafted images. Curators, gallerists and editors are looking for work created with intention and/or work focused around an idea or concept. In addition, they are looking for photographers who can not only articulate their images, but interpret the world with intelligence and thoughtful analysis, whether it be work made close to home or in regions undiscovered.

Workshop Options


Alaska Photographic Center invites you to enter your photography and participate in Rarefied Light 2024, Alaska’s largest juried photography exhibition. The Call for Entry, Prospectus and Submission Process can all be found through callforentry.org . (This call is now closed)