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Carissa Dorson is a photographer and cinematographer originally from Silver Spring, Maryland.  She uses conceptual portraiture to explore themes of identity, loneliness, and human connection.

Carissa’s photo book, Conversations with Dad, a visual conversation with her father, was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2021.  Her photography has also 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).  Carissa started her career in comedy, and has an ongoing photo series called Funny People, Serious Photos, revealing the vulnerable sides of comedians.  In addition to her fine art photography, Carissa has built a career as a cinematographer on TV shows such as A Little Late with Lilly Singh (NBC) and feature films such as It’s a Party (Showtime).  She graduated with a BFA from Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts in 2011 and now resides in Los Angeles.




Winter 2023 Show, The Curated Fridge, Juror: Brian Piper, Somerville, MA, 2023

Summer 2022 Show, The Curated Fridge, Juror: Aline Smithson, Somerville, MA, 2022

Joy, Analog Forever Magazine, 2020

Best of Quarantine, FLOAT Magazine, 2020

Project XV: New Perspectives on Photography, Los Angeles Center of Photography, 2020

5th Annual Members Exhibition, Los Angeles Center of Photography, 2018

Summertime Exhibition, Duncan Miller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, 2018

Nikki Beach Clubs Traveling Photo Exhibition, Duncan Miller Gallery, Cannes, France, 2018

The Face, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT, Juror: Catherine Just

Member’s Online Virtual Gallery, Los Angeles Center of Photography, 2017

Nothing Special, L.A. Photo Curator, 2017

Your Favorite Photo, Lenscratch, 2017



Conversations with Dad, Kehrer Verlag, 2021

Works included in:

Like Brothers by Mark and Jay Duplass, 2018

Home, Don’t Smile, 2018



The Photobook Journal, Conversations with Dad, Review by Gerhard Clausing, 2021

Skylight Books Podcast with Aline Smithson, 2021

The Candid Frame with Ibarionex Perello, 2020

Lenscratch, Conversations with Dad, Feature, 2020

FOTO Magazine, 12 page spread, 2018

LA Weekly, Funny People Serious Photos, 2017

Underexposed Magazine, Interview and Spread, 2017

Voyage LA Interview, 2018



Photobook Roundtable, Los Angeles Center of Photography, 2021

Artist Talk, Project XV, Los Angeles Center of Photography, 2020



Lumix Ambassador

Los Angeles Center of Photography


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Motion Picture Arts, Florida State University, 2011

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