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Artist Statement:


In my photography and cinematography, I strive to create work that is vulnerable and relatable.  I find comfort in photographing the minutiae of daily life.  When I am struggling with my own fears and anxieties, it forces me to stay grounded and just exist in the moment.

I learned photography using digital cameras, but I experienced magic with my first roll of 35mm film.  I have been chasing that feeling ever since, experimenting with different cameras and types of film.  My scenes are uncluttered with one clear focus, always embracing natural light, softness, and imperfections.


Carissa Dorson is a fine art photographer and cinematographer originally from Silver Spring, Maryland.  She graduated with a BFA from Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts in 2011 and then moved to Los Angeles.  Her photography has appeared on the cover of Like Brothers by Mark and Jay Duplass and in the photo book Home by Don’t Smile.  She has exhibited work at Duncan Miller Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), Los Angeles Center of Photography (CA) and The Darkroom Gallery (Essex, VT).  Her first photo book Conversations with Dad, a visual conversation with her father, was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2021. Carissa recently filmed A Little Late with Lilly Singh for NBC and the comedy feature It’s a Party for Showtime.

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