Booksignings & Lectures

San Francisco: “To Be Published or Self-Publish? Options for Artist” at SF Camerawork, August 1st

SF Camerwork
To Be Published or Self-Publish? Options for Artists

In this presentation, Darius Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson will discuss both traditional publishing and self-publishing avenues and help participants determine the pros/cons of each.  Time will be allotted for Q&A following the presentation; copies of Publish Your Photography Book will be available for purchase at the event.

MVS and DH are offering private projection consultations on July 31st and August 1st; click here for details.

Los Angeles: “To Be Published or Self-Publish? Options for Artist” at ARTBOOK @ Paper Chase, July 11th

ARTBOOK @ Paper Chase in Los Angeles
To Be Published or Self-Publish? Options for Artists
Lecture and Panel Discussion
July 11, 2011, 7:00 pm

Coauthors Mary Virginia Swanson and Darius Himes will give a 30-minute visual presentation for artists who wish to bring their art work to book form, discussing both traditional publishing and self-publishing avenues towards helping determine the pros/cons of each path.  Following their lecture, MVS and DH will lead a discussion with industry professionals involved in making, distributing and selling of art books: Nicole Katz, cofounder Paper Chase Press; Mathew Swenson, Creative Director, Paper Chase Press; Jane Brown, Director, ARTBOOK | D.A.P. (Distributed Art Publishers); and Tosh Berman, Book Buyer, Book Soup.  Time will be allotted for Q&A.  Copies of Publish Your Photography Book will be available for purchase at the event.

Nicole Katz is the owner of Paper Chase Press and Eighth Veil. Founded by Nicole’s family in 1976, Paper Chase combines its commercial press and bindery with Eighth Veil’s program of exhibitions and publications on contemporary art.

Mathew Swenson is the creative director of Paper Chase Press and founder of Paper Chase Intelligence (PCI).  PCI is a creative services bureau that offers its clients access to freelancers like writers, designers, and photographers without the typical bureaucracy of an agency.  Through PCI he,  provides guidance to grow his clients’ brands through marketing and social networking initiatives.

Jane Brown is Vice President, National Accounts Director and Director of ARTBOOK @ Paper Chase.  She’s been a sales director at D.A.P. (now called ARTBOOK | D.A.P.) since 2002.  Founded in 1990, ARTBOOK | D.A.P. has grown into a major international distributor of books, special editions and rare publication from an array of the world most respected publishers, museums and cultural institutions.

Tosh Berman is the publisher and editor for TamTam Books, as well as the book buyer for Book Soup, an independent bookstore in West Hollywood.  Tosh is currently working on a book on the band ‘Sparks’ as well as a memoir “My Struggle”  of his teenage/childhood years.

MVS and DH are offering private project consultations on July 10th and 11th; click here for details.

Images from the ICP Book Signing

Last night, May 27th, MVS and DH held their book signing reception at the ICP.  Here are some images of them hard at work signing books!

“To Be Published or Self-Publish: An Overview of Options for Artists” presented at SVA

Last night Mary Virginia and Darius presented their lecture “To Be Published or Self-Publish: An Overview of Options for Artists” at SVA.  The event was sponsored by SVA’s MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department.  Here are some images from the evening.

© Renate Aller

MVS and DH discuss the book BIRD by Andrew Zuckerman at SVA; slide content © Andrew Zuckerman. Image © Susan May Tell

MVS and DH discuss the book RFK Train by Paul Fusco at SVA; slide content © Paul Fusco.  Image © Susan May Tell


“To Be Published or Self-Publish: Options for Artists” presented in Tucson; NYC later this month!

Last night, Mary Virginia Swanson lead a discussion on the differences and overlapping aspects of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing.  Special Guests and fellow Tucsonans LISA M. ROBINSON (SNOWBOUND, Kehrer Verglag 2007) and MICHAEL HYATT (MIGRANT ARTIFACTS: Magic and Loss in the Sonoran Desert, Grand Circle Books 2007) shared their paths to publication.  A rich and engaging dialogue with the audience followed.   ASMP’s Tucson Chapter hosted the evening, held at Meckler Studio in downtown Tucson.

Next stop:  New York City!  Two free events are scheduled; a lecture at SVA on Thursday, May 26th followed by a reception and book signing at ICP on Friday, May 27th.

MVS and Lisa M. Robinson at the 2011 Tucson Festival of Books

Photo © Ken Rosenthal

2011 Lecture and Seminar Tour

Darius and Mary Virginia are offering lectures and seminars around the country over the course of 2011. At the heart of these events is an all-day intensive seminar for photographers wishing to see their work in book form.  Join our mailing list to stay apprised of future events!

Mary Virginia Swanson’s and Darius Himes’ Publish Your Photography Book Seminar is one of the best I have ever attended. Swan and Darius clarify what it takes to publish and what options are available to the individual photographer. They are uniquely honest and thorough. By the time the seminar was over, I felt I had a new way to think about how to publish and myriad specific sources to call upon. A life changer…

—Candace Gaudiani, seminar participant