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.
"Conversations with Dad" - Review by The Photobook Journal
"Conversations with Dad" - Skylight Books Podcast
"Conversations with Dad" - Lenscratch Article
"The Candid Frame" Podcast Interview
"Rainbow Kid"chosen for Joy exhibition in Analog Forever Magazine
"Emitting Light"chosen for Best of Quarantine exhibition in FLOAT Magazine
"Anywhere and Everywhere" in Project XV: New Perspectives on Photography exhibition at LACP
"The Shoe Closet" chosen for LACP's member's exhibition
"On Hold" and "Hollywood Home" chosen for Duncan Miller's Summertime Exhibition
"Vacation" Featured in Nikki Beach clubs around the world
"Vintage Lifestyle" series featured on FOTO Magazine
"Home" Exhibition on "Don't Smile"
Underexposed Magazine Interview
Funny People Serious Photos in LA Weekly
Veronica chosen for The Face exhibition at Darkroom Gallery
Vanessa Trapped selected by YourDailyPhotograph.com
Kitchen Dreaming selected by YourDailyPhotograph.com
Katrina included in LACP's Online Virtual Gallery
Day Off featured by L.A. Photo Curator in Nothing Special Exhibition
Kathryn's Black Eye included in Your Favorite Photo exhibition on Lenscratch