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:

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 10th in SF: Amy Stein and Andy Freeberg lecture at SFAI, hosted by PhotoAlliance

PhotoAlliance presents Amy Stein with introductory presentation by Andy Freeberg

December 10, 2010
7:30 pm
San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall 800 Chestnut Street San Francisco, Ca (at Jones Street)
Ticket Information:
$10.00 general admission $5.00 students with ID— TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR
About Amy Stein:
Amy Stein (b. 1970) is a photographer and teacher based in New York City. Her work explores our evolving isolation from community, culture and the environment. She has been exhibited nationally and internationally and her work is featured in many private and public collections such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Nevada Museum of Art, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and the West Collection. 

In 2006, Amy was a winner of the Saatchi Gallery/Guardian Prize for her Domesticated series. In 2007, she was named one of the top fifteen emerging photographers in the world by American Photo magazine and she won the Critical Mass Book Award. Amy’s first book, Domesticated, was released in fall 2008. It won the best book award at the 2008 New York Photo Festival.

Amy was raised in Washington, DC, and Karachi, Pakistan. She holds a BS in Political Science from James Madison University and a MS in Political Science from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In 2006, Amy received her MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Stein teaches photography at Parsons The New School for Design and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Amy is represented by Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco, ClampArt in New York, and Pool Gallery in Berlin.

About Andy Freeberg:
Photographer Andy Freeberg is the author of Guardians (Photolucida 2010), a book of photographs that portrays the women who guard the art in Russian museums. He was born in New York City and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, alternating his commercial assignment work with personal projects. His photographs have appeared in numerous books and publications and are in many private and public collections.

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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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December 2nd in LA: Photographer SAM ABELL, hosted by ASMP LA

The great SAM ABELL will be speaking in Santa Monica on 12/2 at Bergamont Station.  A great photographer, teacher and mentor to many; his lectures are inspirational and not to be missed!

Information from an eblast from asmpla:

“Sam Abell began shooting for National Geographic Magazine in 1970, and in a publication where the highest quality work is the norm, his stood out from the beginning. 

A Canon Explorer of Light, he has photographed projects all over the world – some of which have become legendary among photographers.  Abell’s work manages to be (at least) three things at once: first-rate photojournalism, beautiful and beautifully composed, and poetic and moving.

Abell has also developed a highly-regarded career as a speaker and teacher, mentoring countless photographers for many years, including at the Maine, Santa Fe, and Julia Dean Workshops.  As composed as one of his images, clear-eyed, and passionate, he is able to convey what makes images work – and what helps them fail – in ordinary language that anyone at any level can understand.

Whether you’re an experienced pro or a student, and no matter what kinds of images you produce, you’ll receive something from hearing Abell talk that is rare and energizing.

One of the most exciting speakers ever to come to Los Angeles, he will also be giving a workshop the weekend following his talk at the Julia Dean Photo Workshops

The author of several books, you can watch Abell discuss his work at the Geographic HERE

You can see more of Abell’s work, and read a terrific interview about his book, 
Sam Abell, The Photographic Life

Learn more about Sam Abell at

Doors open 6:30, lecture at 7.  Students: $5.00, everyone else $10.

LOCATION:  Writers Boot Camp, Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Avenue, building i, Santa Monica

DIRECTIONS: From the 10 Freeway going west, exit at Cloverfield, go north. At the first light/intersection go right onto Michigan, follow until it ends (a few hundred yards), and make a left into the Bergamot Station lot (you won’t have a choice).

There is a map in front of the first buildings you’ll see, and Writers Boot Camp is all the way down the buildings on the left side.

OR, click here for maps (Building i is the only one without its letter on the map, next to Building H):

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November 30, San Francisco: Richard Misrach Lecture/Book Signing

Lecture and Book Signing with Richard Misrach
Followed by Artist Reception

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
7:00 pm

SF Camerawork
657 Mission Street, 2nd floor
San Francisco, California
(415) 512-7109

SF Camerawork is pleased to present a lecture and book signing with Richard Misrach on the occasion of the publication of Misrach’s acclaimed new monograph, Destroy This Memory. Published by Aperture on August 29th—marking the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina—this powerful book presents previously unpublished and starkly compelling material, all of which Misrach shot with his 4 MP pocket camera. Created between October and December 2005, one month after the storm, Destroy This Memory is an affecting reminder of the physical and psychological impact of Hurricane Katrina. Rather than simply surveying the damage, Misrach—who has photographed the region regularly since the 1970s, most notably for his ongoing Cancer Alley project—found himself drawn to the hurricane-inspired graffiti: messages scrawled in spray paint, crayons, chalk, or whatever materials happened to be on hand. At turns threatening, desperate, clinical, and even darkly humorous, the phrases he captured—the only text that appears in the book—offer unique and revealing human perspectives on the devastation and shock left in the wake of this disaster.

Artist’s royalties for this project are being donated to the Make It Right Foundation, which is currently rebuilding the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

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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

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.


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.


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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November 20, Daytona: Bill Armstrong exhibition opening, talk, book signing

from the Southeast Museum of Photography website:
Spirit: from the Infinity Series
Exhibition on view November 20, 2010- February 6, 2011
Bill Armstrong’s Infinity series transforms re-photographed and appropriated images to create ephemeral, abstracted and de-materialized color fields and strongly evocative iconic figures. Working with source material as diverse as African masks, Roman busts, statuary and other representations, Armstrong’s finished figurative and portrait images are powerfully evocative of an unseen presence.
Spirit presents selections from five of the series that make up Bill Armstrong’s Infinity project. Working with his unique process of re-photographing appropriated images and subjecting them to a series of manipulations; Armstrong exploits the integrating capacities of camera focus to merge image details, edges and colors to create seamless color fields and mysterious, iconic figures.
November 20, 2010- February 6, 2011 

Odyssey: The Photographs of Linda Connor reflects an artist’s pursuit of diverse and compelling subjects from around the world. Although she frequently focuses on devotional sites and monuments, Connor is also drawn to revealing the spirit embedded in everyday life. She is fascinated with photography’s relationship to time: her pictures present a compelling combination of timelessness and a palpable sense of the passage of time. Another core element in her work concerns the dynamic relationship between the natural world and the sacred; its sites, iconography, and philosophy. Odyssey includes some of Connor’s best-known images from the…MORE

and closing on DECEMBER 16th:
A poignant and beautiful portrait of a man with Alzheimer’s as seen through the loving lens and words of his wife and care-partner, I Still Do: Loving and Living with Alzheimer’s puts a human face in front of the statistics, exploring the disease through Fox’s intimate photographs and poetic writing. While the details of I Still Do are personal and unique, this deeply candid story of illness, aging, partnership, and…MORE

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November 18th at the Griffin Museum: Laurie Lambrecht exhibition opening/gallery talk

From the Griffin website:

From the Studio of Roy Lichtenstein Photographs by Laurie Lambrecht

November 18, 2010 – January 23, 2011.

Boston Globe mentioned the show here.

From the Studio of Roy Lichtenstein Photographs by Laurie Lambrecht
November 18, 2010 – January 23, 2011.
Opening reception is Nov 18, 2010, 7-8:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Members Gallery talk 6:15

See more of Laurie Lambrecht at Victoria Munroe Fineart, 161 Newbury St. Boston, MA 02116 from November 4, 2010 – December 4, 2010

Lambrecht’s beginnings in photography were at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. Currently, she is involved in an extensive project documenting the works of theater director Robert Wilson, and a series she is producing in Zurich entitled “LAKE TREES,” which you can view on her website at

Learn more about the Lichtenstein studio years at Lens

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November 13, Richmond, Virginia: Sally Mann exhibition & opening events

From Aperture’s website:

Richmond, Virginia

Sally Mann: The Flesh and the Spirit

Exhibition on view:
Saturday, November 13, 2010 –Sunday, January 23, 2011

Related Event:

Sally Mann: Conversations
Saturday, November 13, 2010

10 am–1 pm

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Altria Group and Center Gallery
200 North Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia
(804) 340-1400

Sally Mann’s most recent work represents an intriguing new direction. She is tackling expansive themes of mortality and vulnerability, while for the first time using herself and her husband as subjects. In addition, she has taken her bold experiments with the medium to new heights, pushing photography to its limits by making painterly and nearly abstract images—many as unique pieces on glass plates. Altogether the exhibition and accompanying catalog will present an unexpected picture of Mann’s work, encouraging a fresh perspective on one of today’s preeminent photographers and, it is hoped, an opportunity to extend her visibility well beyond the realm of photography. The exhibition is organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and curated by John B. Ravenal, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. (Excerpted from VFMA website.)

Sally Mann: The Flesh and The Spirit, co-published by Aperture and VFMA, is a must for any serious library of photographic literature, students, scholars, collectors, and others interested in her work. John Ravenal has written a comprehensive introduction as well as individual entries on each series, and essays by David Levi Strauss (“Eros, Psyche, and the Mendacity of Photography”) and Anne Wilkes Tucker (“Living Memory”) add different, but equally illuminating perspectives to this work.

Sally Mann: Conversations: Join leading experts in the field of photography—Vince Aletti (The New Yorker); Melissa Harris (Aperture Magazine), Brian Wallis (International Center of Photography)—as well as Sally Mann herself, for an engaging discussion of the artist’s work and exhibition, Sally Mann: The Flesh and The Spirit.

Sally Mann (born in Lexington, Virginia, 1951) is one of America’s most renowned photographers. She has received numerous awards, including NEA, NEH, and Guggenheim Foundation grants, and her work is held by major institutions internationally. Mann’s many books include What Remains (2003), Deep South (2005), and the Aperture titles At Twelve (1988), Immediate Family (1992), Still Time (1994), and Proud Flesh (2009). She lives in Lexington, Virginia.

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November 12th in SF: Jack Fulton lectures at SFAI, hosted by PhotoAlliance

One of my all time favorite artists (and people!) JACK FULTON is speaking on Friday at SFAI!


Friday, November 12, 2010
San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall

800 Chestnut Street San Francisco, Ca (at Jones Street)
7:30 pm


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