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MVS MARKETING BLOG MOVED to www.mvswanson.com!

To my readers:

I am pleased to tell you that I have merged my blog into my updated website. On my new homepage you will see the three most recent blog posts, as well as being able to navigate through the blog categories directly at any time.   You will also easily find “PLANNING AHEAD: Industry Events of Note” as its own category, as well as my event calendar “MVS ON THE ROAD” prominently featured on the new website.  Click here now:

www.mvswanson.com

I’m sure you will find the new combined blog AND website an even greater resource!

Thanks so much for visiting the past five years, and hope you will bookmark my new website.

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December 1st, 6 p.m. in NYC: MVS and DARIUS HIMES speaking on publishing at the NYPL

Here is a link to the the complete details for our upcoming talk in NYC, “Publish Your Photography Book” which is this Wednesday evening.  Doors open at 5:30, talk at 6:00 – it’s free and open to all, so see you there!

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NYC, 12/1: Save the date! MVS and Darius Himes to speak at the NYPL, 6 pm

The New York Public Library presents

An Artist Career Development Series Event

Publish Your Photography Book

Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson

Wednesday December 1, 2010
6:00 p.m.  FREE and OPEN to ALL

Margaret Liebman Berger Forum
Room 227 (2nd Floor; doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 Fifth Avenue
5th Avenue and 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018
212-340-0871

http://www.nypl.org

From the NYPL:

“Industry insiders Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson demystify the process of producing and publishing a book of photographs. They will survey the current landscape of photography book publishing and point out the many avenues to pursue and pitfalls to avoid. Himes and Swanson will provide an overview of the publishing industry; an intimate look at the process of making a book; a close review of how to market a photo book; a section on case studies, built around discussions and interviews with published photographers; and a final section presenting a wealth of resources and information to aid in the understanding of the publishing world.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:

Darius D. Himes was a founding editor of photo-eye Booklist and is a cofounder of Radius Books, a nonprofit company publishing books on the visual arts.  Himes is also a lecturer, consultant and writer who has contributed to numerous publications.

Mary Virginia Swanson is a consultant in the area of licensing and marketing fine-art photography. Swanson frequently lectures and conducts workshops and educational programs for photographers and students. Respected judge of competitions and awards as well as portfolio reviewer, she is widely recognized for her blog Marketing Photos, a valued resource for photographers.

ABOUT THE NYPL LECTURE SERIES:

Initiated and organized by Arezoo Moseni, Artist Career Development Series have addressed the growing needs and concerns of independent creative workforce in New York City since 2006.”

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NOW! FotoWeek DC Events have begun in Washington, DC

Don’t miss all that is FOTOWEEK DC!  Lectures, exhibitions, evening projections, photobooks and more!  I hope to see you at the portfolio reviews on Sunday, and at our lecture (with coauthor Darius Himes) on publishing photobooks on Monday, 12:00 noon at the Corcoran (free).

And, major exhibitions of interest in DC independently of FWDC:

JOHN GOSSAGE: THE POND at the American Art Museum  (through January 17)

THE PRE-RAPHAELITE LENS: BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY and PAINTING, 1848-1875 at the National Gallery of Art (through January 30th)

COBURN AND THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTFOLIO at the Phillips Collection (through January 9th)

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November 5/6/7: NY Art Book Fair at PS1

One of my favorite fairs of the year, without question!  From the website:

Printed Matter presents the fifth annual NY Art Book Fair, November 5–7 at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens.

Free and open to the public, the Fair hosts over 200 international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists and publishers from twenty countries, offering the best in contemporary art book publishing.

Philip Aarons, Chairman of the Board of Printed Matter, said: “The NY Art Book Fair is the premiere venue to find what’s new in art publishing. While it has spawned the next generation of independent art book fairs world-wide, it remains the biggest, the best, and by far the most fun.”

The NY Art Book Fair includes special project rooms, screenings, book signings, and performances, throughout the weekend.

Other events include the third annual Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference, and The Classroom, a curated series of informal conversations between artists, together with readings, workshops and other artist-led events.”

NOT TO BE MISSED!!

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November 8th in Washington, DC: MVS and Darius Himes on “To Be Published, or Self Publish?””

In conjunction with FotoWeek DC:
Darius Himes & Mary Virginia Swanson will speak at 12:00 noon at the Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design, 500 17th Street NW (FREE).  Click here for event description and details.
“The print-on-demand revolution has opened up new publishing possibilities for photographers; it has never been easier or more affordable to produce and market a book of your photographs. The traditional publishing path has the advantage of a highly specialized team that brings experience with design, production, marketing and distribution systems to the table. In a self-publishing scenario you can create exactly the book you envision, but without the input and expertise of seasoned professionals at a publishing house. Which scenario is best for you?In this presentation, coauthors Darius Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson will discuss both avenues to publishing and help participants determine the pros/cons of each. Swanson will share resources from their forthcoming title, Publish Your Photography Book (Princeton Architectural Press, Winter 2011), and time will be allocated for a question/answer period at the end of the presentation.”
Cover, Publish Your Photography Book

"Publish Your Photography Book" Coming Winter 2011 (Princeton Architectural Press)

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November 2nd in NYC: David Taylor speaks on “Working The Line”

From an e-update from Radius Books:

UPCOMING EVENTS with David Taylor
In Conjunction with Anna Deavere Smith Works, Inc. at New York University and the “Bodies on the Line“* Symposium:
Presentation and Discussion with David Taylor on his project “WORKING THE LINE

Hosted by Radius Books
Tuesday, November 2nd, 6-8 pm
NYU, 20 Cooper Square (5th and Bowery, 5th Floor)

FREE and open to all who RSVP (until capacity):

scott@annadeveresmithworks.org

Visit the website to learn of other Symposium events this coming week that are open to the public.
*The “Bodies on the Line” Symposium is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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MVS and Darius Himes present at PhotoPlus Expo tomorrow, 1:15-3:15

PUBLISH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK”  Lecture at PhotoPlus Expo, Thursday October 28th from 1:15 – 3:15

“In this informative presentation, industry insiders Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson survey the current landscape of photography book publishing today and point out the many avenues to pursue and pitfalls to avoid. Together, they will demystify the process of making a photobook from the perspectives of both traditional trade publishing and self-publishing. Lastly, they will lend essential advice about the marketing of your book at its launch and beyond. Whether your body of work is completed and ready for publication or you dream of one day having a book of your photographs, this seminar will be of value. Himes and Swanson are co-authors of Publish Your Photography Book to be released in Winter 2011 by Princeton Architectural Press. Handouts will be provided.”

photo © Jamey Stillings

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November 7th Fotoweek DC Portfolio Reviews: Registration open!

Within the FOTOWEEK DC FESTIVAL there is a one-day portfolio review event that has a fine roster of Reviewers, offers a discounted rate for students, and will work closely with you to confirm to top picks within days of registering.  If interested, don’t hesitate as this will sell out!

Come early/stay late as the programing this year is super – many exhibitions, lectures, a one-day workshop with Brian Storm of Media Storm, displays of contemporary photobooks by publisher, as well as the amazing Indie Photobook Library, and more.  My co-author Darius Himes and I are proud to be a part of the programming, speaking at the Corcoran on the day after the reviews, Monday, November 8th at noon at the Corcoran: “To Be Published or Self-Publish?”

To start the portfolio review registration process, click here.

See you there!

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Registration open now for Contemporary Artist Book Conference, November 5th and 6th in NY

In conjunction with the NY Art Book Fair, the annual CONTEMPORARY ARTIST BOOK CONFERENCE will be held at the same location:

MoMA’s P.S.1 in Queens, NY.   I love this artists book fair (which is FREE!), and this conference (reasonably priced).  Not to be missed!

From the event webpage:

“In conjunction with the NY Art Book Fair, Printed Matter announces a conference on contemporary artists’ books. The program will include speakers, panels, artists’ presentations, and receptions. The conference focuses on recent developments in artists’ books. Sessions this year focus on zines, typography, pedagogy, and criticism. These and other themes are intended to encourage dialog amongst scholars, collectors, artists, and librarians.

The Conference will be held on the first floor of MoMA PS1.

You can purchase a ticket for the full conference (with Emily Roysdon edition) here or for single sessions here.

Six panel sessions will be held, along with an hour-long “pecha kucha,” or lightning round, in which invited guests will present for five minutes each, discussing one or more artists’ books, zines, multiples, etc.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2010
Furthering the Critical Dialogue / moderator: Tony White
Typography and Writing / moderator: Jennifer Tobias
Keynote: Richard Hell, Josh Smith, and Christopher Wool in conversation
Pecha kucha

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2010
Experimental Libraries and Reading Room Projects / moderator: Renaud Proch
Riot Grrrl: Traces of a Movement / moderators: Kate Adler and Ryan Haley
Pedagogy / moderator: Catherine Krudy

For a detailed description of the Conference sessions, see here

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