About This Blog

This weblog is authored by consultant, author and educator Mary Virginia Swanson to offer creative, branding and marketing advice to photographers and to help them understand essential elements of a career as an visual artist. It is also important to her that her readers gain a broad understanding of the art market and how this ‘machine’ functions.

Recommendations on upcoming juried exhibitions, conferences and other industry events will be offered to readers, as well as significant podcasts and articles from notable publications. Print, web and radio Interviews with and articles by industry professionals will be posted. Important deadlines will be noted – in hopes that readers will note them their your calendars! MVS will share her advice on how to make the most of your marketing activities and expenses.



Mary Virginia is now scheduling consultations with photographers in the following locations in the next several months:

Tucson, Phoenix and Santa Fe in August; Tucson, NYC and Portsmouth, NH and Austin Texas in September.  In her home base of Tucson, Arizona she is available by appointment for in-person consultations, and conducts remote consultations via telephone (Skype may be used for international calls).

To receive notice of upcoming workshops, public lectures or events in your area, new publications and more, join her mailing list. (Names will NOT be shared.) Her upcoming event schedule on her website indicates what cities, in addition to Tucson, Arizona, where she will be offering consultation appointments, as well as public lectures and marketing workshops.

Ms. Swanson’s website address is www.mvswanson.com, and her book THE BUSINESS OF PHOTOGRAPHY: PRINCIPLES and PRACTICES is available on her website.



Publish Your Photography Book”  will be published early in 2011 (Princeton Architectural Press).  MVS and Darius Himes will be hitting the road with their weekend-long seminar of the same name, beginning with Phoenix/Gilbert January 21-22 (additional cities/dates to be announced).   The only one-week course they will teach on this topic will again be offered  at the Santa Fe Workshops, June 26 – July 2nd, 2011.

T0 received the full list of 2011 events, sign up for the PYPB mailing list.


To view an interview conducted with MVS following PhotoNOLA 2009, click here.

To hear an interview with MVS conducted by Harris Fogel at PhotoLucida 2007 for Mac Edition Radio, click here.

This weblog was launched in November 2006 and by year’s end 2009 had offered over 1000 posts to her community.

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  1. […] Marketing Photos – Mary Virginia Swanson, the doyenne of info on the world of fine art photography, shares her experiences and points the way for those looking to break into the photo art world. […]

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