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July 22nd: FotoWeek DC 2010 Summer Kick-off Party

©Val Prudkii
Obama and McCain photo by Val Prudkii
FotoWeek DC Summer Kick-Off Party FotoWeek DC and the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design invite you to celebrate a partnership made in photo heaven!JULY 22, 2010, 7PM-10PM
Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 Seventeenth Street NWDriving Directions

line Join us for a summer kick-off party to toast the two forces as we present FotoWeek DC 2010 from November 6-13.

Enjoy cocktails, small bites, music by Matthew Hemerlein +
DJ Chris Nitti, photo projections, and learn about all that is to come for FWDC 2010.

line Party-goers will enjoy

  • A sneak peek and free subscription to FotoPage, our new online photographer portfolio portal-a $49 value!
  • Complimentary admission to the Corcoran’s newest exhibition, Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration.
  • Interactive photo booth sessions with live projections
    of your images during the party and complimentary prints to take home.

line Ticket Cost
$20 to benefit FotoWeek DC, a 501(c)(3) non profit.
Space is Limited, Register Now!

lineRegister Now!

line FotoWeek DC is supported in part by the DC Commission
on the Arts and Humanities.

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July 21st in Minneapolis: Marketing Lecture By Mary Virginia Swanson, Open to the Public

Here are the details for my upcoming lecture in Minneapolis (note: there has been a change to a larger venue ):

DATE: WEDNESDAY, July 21st  7:00 pm (doors open at 6:15)  FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Reservations are required to ensure space; please email with “MVS TALK” in the subject line to reserve seats.

LOCATION: The Art Institutes International Minnesota’s Pence Building Campus,  800 Hennepin Avenue South at 8th Street, downtown Minneapolis.

From the press release:

“BEYOND PRINT: Creative Communication in the Digital Era”

Developing new audiences across the world has never been easier for artists, or more affordable.   To communicate effectively, artists must consider who their target audience is, “where” they are (both geographically and within the digital environment), and how to best communicate to them.  As artists transition from primarily print pieces into websites and e-communication, can their brand graphics continue to be effective?  What aspects and elements of their self-promotion can seamlessly migrate to the web and into social networks? What artist statements and other text components will need to be altered in style or length to generate interest in the artist’s work?   Mary Virginia Swanson will discuss identifying your audience, the need to communicate in the “space” they live online, and in the most suitable language.  Examples of effective print pieces, websites, emails and social network pages will be shared to underscore the value of brand continuity and clarity.
This lecture is sponsored by Art Institutes International Minnesota with co-sponsorship of the Photography Program and Photo Club.”

I hope to see many of you in Minneapolis later this month!!

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SAVE THE DATE: “Shaping the History of Photography” Symposium at the Harry Ransom Center, UT Austin from September 30 – October 2!

Check out the website for this upcoming symposium, register now, book the on-campus hotel now and get your flights in order!  I have been waiting with great anticipation for the exhibition:

Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection (9/2/10 – 1/2/11)

and the catalogue to the collection that Roy Flukinger has been writing.

Now I have learned that not only will there be the exhibition at the HRC and book coming this fall, but a gathering for the minds, a learning experience for us all!

From the event website:

The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin presents the ninth biennial Fleur Cowles Flair Symposium,

Shaping the History of Photography

September 30-October 2, 2010

The symposium springs from Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection, the Ransom Center’s exhibition of this foundational collection of the medium’s history. Curators, collectors, historians, and photographers will participate in a series of panel discussions that focus on the areas in photography on which the Gernsheims had such impact—collecting, exhibiting, publishing, and historiography. Leaders in their fields will consider the forces that have historically shaped these areas, as well as the contemporary influences and developing trends that continue to affect our understanding of the history of photography.

The Flair Symposium, held biennially at the Ransom Center, honors the ideals set forth by Fleur Cowles and her landmark Flair magazine.

Registration is limited and closes on October 1, or when available seats are filled. The $100 registration fee includes access to all events on the schedule. There are a limited number of $35 registrations available for full-time students. Discounts are available for members of the Ransom Center. There is no single-day registration.

A limited number of rooms at the University’s hotel are available to registrants at a discounted nightly rate of $119. To request a reservation code and further instructions, registrants must email Requests will be answered in the order that they are received. Reservation codes will only be provided to individuals who are registered for the symposium.”

While speaker invitations are being confirmed, I can share with you the structure of this event, which allows for a terrific on-going and growing dialogue as we are all present in the same lectures and events throughout the Symposium, presenter, attendee and student alike:

Schedule of Events

Schedule is subject to change. All events take place at the Ransom Center unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, September 30

5 p.m. Registration and Opening Reception

7 p.m. Public Lecture: Shaping the History of Photography (Jessen Auditorium)

Friday, October 1

9 a.m. Registration and Coffee

10 a.m. Welcome and Keynote Address

10:45 a.m. Panel: Collecting Photography

12:15 p.m. Break for Lunch

2 p.m. Panel: Photography’s Historiography

4 p.m. Panel: Photographers React

Saturday, October 2

9 a.m. Coffee

10 a.m. Panel: Photographic Exhibitions

Noon Break for Lunch

2 p.m. Panel: Photographic Publishing

4 p.m. Conclusion

4:30 p.m. Closing Reception

Get ready to see the masterpieces of our history, engage in rich dialogue with many new peers!  I look forward to seeing you in Austin!

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June 4th in Santa Fe: The Review Santa Fe 100 share work with the public

This Friday, the 100 photographers accepted into this year’s Review Santa Fe will share their work with the public from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at the Hilton in downtown Santa Fe.  From the CENTER website:

Portfolio Viewing


When: Friday, June 4, 5:30-8:00pm
Where:  Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza, 100 Sandoval St., Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501; Phone: 1-505-988-2811

Free and open to the public.
“Collectors and lovers of photography will appreciate this extraordinary opportunity to view the compelling projects of 100 nationally recognized photographers, including many on the cusp of wider acclaim.

Please join us on this one special evening to view a broad range of contemporary photography, encompassing social, environmental and political issues, plus exceptional fine-art projects.

The public will have the opportunity to peruse the bodies of work and speak with the artists. If you love contemporary photography, you won’t want to miss this lively event.”

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NEW! PUBLISHING WORKSHOP with MVS and Darius Himes: June 20-26 in Santa Fe

My colleague Darius Himes and I are busy preparing to teach a one-week workshop on publishing.  It will be an in-depth look at the process of publishing a book of your photographs, from clarifying your concept, researching appropriate publishers, creating a publication proposal, and interpreting contracts.  At that point, if you are not happy with the offer you may wish to consider self-publishing, so we will compare and contrast the issues surrounding ‘to be published or self-publish.’  Our lectures will then address the process of editing, design, pre-press… and creating a marketing strategy for your book, including planning for in-person and web launch, and related exhibition(s).  We will combine classroom lectures with site visits to book publishers, editors, designers and book sellers, which the Santa Fe community is rich with.  Lastly, each of the participants will have a consultation with Darius and myself to discuss their project.  And, as is always the case with Santa Fe Workshops in the summer, we will have on campus a host of outstanding artists as faculty, including Sam Abell, Christopher James and Arthur Meyerson, all of whom will be giving lectures to the the entire community (faculty lectures on June 21 & 22 are free and open to the public).

If you hope for a book of your photographs in your career, join us!

Registration is limited to 14; several spaces remain open.  Click here to register.   Darius and I look forward to knowing you and your project better!

PS: The weekend of the 18-19-20th is the opening of THE DISSOLVE, the SITE SANTA FE’s 8th International Biennial.  Events include panel discussions, Bill T. Jones performance at the Lensic, and public opening on the afternoon of the 20th prior to the start of our workshop at 6 p.m.

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May 6th: Registration opens for FOTOFEST PARIS 2010! November 15/16/17

FotoFest has collaborated with Lens Culture and is taking “The Meeting Place” on the road!  This November, for three days prior PARIS PHOTO, hosted at the urban campus of Speos Paris Photographic Institute:

Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2010

From the website:

Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2010 will be
3 days of meetings and portfolio reviews with
120 photographers from around the world and
40 international photography experts.

The event offers all participants tremendous opportunities to share knowledge, connections and insights.

Participating photographers will get expert feedback about their work and have the possibility of getting editorial assignments, book publication contracts, art gallery representation, and feature articles in magazines, online and in print.

The one-to-one meetings with influential decision-makers in the photography field offer photographers opportunities to advance their career development and connect them to people who can help them with artistic and business goals.

In turn, the invited reviewers — museum curators, gallery owners, festival directors, publishers, representatives from photo agencies — will have the chance to discover new talent as well as the latest work of photographers who are already established.

Lens Culture FotoFest Paris takes place immediately before Paris Photo, and during the Month of Photography in Paris.

Paris Photo is the world’s largest international fair and marketplace for contemporary photography.

The Month of Photography in Paris, one of the world’s first urban photography festivals, features photography-related exhibits and events at more than 50 locations throughout Paris.

Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2010 is a collaboration between FotoFest International and Lens Culture. It will be hosted at Spéos Paris Photographic Institute.

The Paris portfolio review is modeled on FotoFest’s internationally respected Meeting Place® portfolio review that FotoFest pioneered more than 20 years ago in Houston. Over the past 20 years — in Houston, as well as in dozens of other cities worldwide — similar professional reviews have been the catalysts for exhibitions, publications, and wider acclaim for many artists.

Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2010 will be the very first, large-scale international review of this format to take place in Paris.”


“The registration process will open on May 6, 2010, at 8 a.m. Pacific Daylight Savings Time (3 p.m. GMT).
At that time, applicants will have access to a simple online registration form on this website

Registrations are limited, and will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis. We will send you an invoice for payment when your application is accepted. Payment in full will be required within 10 days of acceptance. We will maintain a waiting list, in the order of applications received, to fill any vacancies that arise.

The full 3-day registration fee is $795.

We are also offering a very limited number of 1-day and 2-day registrations:

The 2-day registration fee is $625.

The 1-day registration fee is $325.

Please be sure to check back here on May 6 to register. We expect that all places will be sold out fairly quickly.”

“Participants should be serious, mid-career photographers, with a recent history of exhibitions and/or publication, and ready for international markets. Applicants will not be pre-approved by a jury, but we strive to keep the level of work of participants high. For a good reference of where your work should be professionally, please look at the work of artists in the current issue and the archives of Lens Culture.”
I am honored to have been invited to participate as a Reviewer, and look forward to seeing many of you there, and attending Paris Photo!

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On NPR this morning: Art exhibitions at the San Francisco Airport!

I travel by air frequently.  Some of my favorite exhibitions have been on view at airports, and my lectures are always populated with art I have recently seen in airports as an example of venues with a large viewing audience. Among them, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) stands out as one of the best.

This morning NPR featured a wonderful story on art in the airport. I love the fact that they have an educational program in conjunction with their exhibitions, offering a downloadable PDF; check out this one which accompanies the “Woven Legacies” exhibition.

Here is the link to the story on NPR’s Morning Edition today.

Here is the “ABOUT” section of the website:

“In 1980 the San Francisco Airport Commission entered into a collaboration with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to create a museum program at the San Francisco International Airport. After a successful first year, a department (now San Francisco Airport Museums) was established to create exhibitions that would humanize the Airport environment and create an ambience in the Airport that reflects the sophistication and cultural diversity of the City and County of San Francisco and the entire Bay Area.

Over the years, this program has grown from modest beginnings in North Terminal (now Terminal 3) to an extensive museum within the Airport. Today, the San Francisco Airport Museums features approximately twenty galleries throughout the Airport terminalsdisplaying a rotating schedule of art, history, science, and cultural exhibitions, as well as the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum, a permanent collection dedicated to the history of commercial aviation.

San Francisco Airport Museums is the first of its kind in the United States of America and is now a widely imitated model for museums operating in public arenas. In 1999, San Francisco Airport Museums became the first museum in an airport to receive accreditation from the American Association of Museums.

Unlike most public arts programs, this program is never static. Exhibitions change throughout the year in an effort to provide an educational and cultural experience for the nearly 30 million passengers who use the Airport annually. Over the years, the Airport’s audience surveys reveal that the exhibitions program ranks high in the top five services that the Airport offers to passengers. The San Francisco Airport Museums has become an integral part of the San Francisco International Airport. Each exhibition is curated specifically for the Airport by a staff of museum professionals who are Airport employees. The exhibitions are an established Airport tradition that attracts visitors from throughout the world.”

In the past, one of the SFO Curators has participated as a Reviewer in the “Our World” event each spring, sponsored by PhotoAlliance.

Do you know the curator at your local airport?  Are they on your mailing list?   They should be!

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April 20, Tempe: William Wiley speaks at ASU Art Museum at 7 pm

From the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts website:

Gallery Talk by William Wiley, on his project “Forged Power:  Ferran Mendoza, Alvaro Sau and William Wiley

Artist William Wylie will present a gallery talk on Tuesday, April 20th at 7 pm on his video art exhibition Forged Power: Ferran Mendoza, Alvaro Sau and William Wylie, which is showing at ASU Art Museum through May 29, 2010.”

About the exhibition:

In the digital age, the way we engage with physical work has drastically shifted. Such shifts are not new and have occurred over the course of human history – from the invention of simple tools to the industrial revolution, to our current digital society. But as technologies continue to advance, our control and power appear to diminish not only in our work, but also of our bodies. The body’s relationship to work continues to be less physical. We use mechanical arms to lift both heavy and light objects into place and vacuums now roam floors on their own. A document that once took the entire use of one’s arm to hand write can now be created with light touches of computer keys. With voice activation and eye-tracking technologies entering the mainstream consumer market, the hand may soon be removed altogether from the process of work.

Spanish artists Ferran Mendoza and Alvaro Sau traveled the Basque-French border region. The artists refer to it as “this kind of frontier land which we call the outdoors,” a territory of Europe where the “most archaic ways of living coexist with the omnipresent industrial world.” Using their cameras, Mendoza and Sau captured in high definition video the residents of this seemingly isolated region in their daily routines and surroundings. The result of their journey is the video Outdoors (2008), a 56-minute work that delivers a composition of portraits. These portraits provide fleeting glimpses of individuals who take pride in their independence, work and know-how. Their knowledge of their tools, their environment and how their bodies interact with each is clear and poetic; they perform their tasks as if every specific activity or action has been choreographed.

In the historic quarries of Carrara, Italy, the cavatori (stonecutters) have worked for centuries excavating large slabs of white marble from the earth. Through a fellowship exchange, artist William Wylie was provided the opportunity to spend time observing the everyday operations and interactions of the men who work in these famous quarries, the very quarries used by artists from Michelangelo to Louise Bourgeois. What at first appears to be a focus on machinery is soon realized to be a study of human activity and control. While trucks and machinery within these digital videos appear to struggle and battle to complete tasks, the cavatori work with their hands – making precision measurements and chiseling slight grooves. The artist captures in his Carrara series, Cavatori, The Block, Dust, and Friction (2006), the gestural engagements of the hand and body as the stonecutters work together, using signals and whistles, to coordinate their movements within the noise and chaos of the industrial site. Together these four videos demonstrate that the actions of work can be perceived as beautiful in and of themselves.

The individuals captured in these videos control their own actions by working with their hands and bodies. They do more than just push a button; they exert human energy and create an effect through the power of their own body. Retaining the capability of doing work or accomplishing tasks with the use of the physical body, their forged power is a reaffirmation of human capability.

The exhibition will feature five video works by the artists. William Wylie will be in attendance at ASU Art Museum to present a free lecture on APRIL 20th at 7 pm. He will also meet with students and classes while in Tempe.

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Deadline extended to April 16: Call for proposals for presentation at PHOTOPLUS EXPO in NYC

PhotoPlus International Conference and Expo will again be held at the Javits Center in NYC (October 28-30, 2010).  A combination of trade show and educational seminars covering all aspects of the photography industry, PPE is an event I never miss.  Among my favorite presentations last year were seeing Christoper Morris’ new multimedia work during an agency VII seminar moderated by Stephen Mayes, publishing panel moderated by Darius Himes, a seminar on “mounting, matting and framing inkjet and digital products”  Mac Holbert, Henry Wilhelm and others, a black and white fine printing seminar by Sean Perry, attorney Nancy Wolff on Copyright, a presentation with several generations of White House Photographers organized by Debra Weiss, William Hunt’s panel “Your Picture Isn’t Real: The Art of  Staged Photography” and much much more.

You can click here to see the diverse offerings from 2009 and then consider what presentation or panel idea you have to offer for consideration within the 2010 event.

This year, PDN Magazine, the coordinators/host of the event, have offered an “open call” for proposals for presenting as solo or panel discussions at the event.

I have just received an email from PDN with the news that the deadline for submittting proposal ideas has been extended to April 16.

You can submit your proposal electronically from the home page of the conference:

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MVS to Savannah, Lecturing THIS FRIDAY 3pm at SCAD’s Arnold Hall

I’m giving a public lecture that is open to all this Friday.  Please join us!

Details on the SCAD Blog

Arnold Hall, 3pm

Can’t wait to be back in the land of SCAD Savannah!

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