The Book & Blog

Article About PYPB in “Amateur Photographer” Magazine

This past fall, Gemma Padley interviewed co-authors Mary Virginia Swanson and Darius Himes about “Publish your Photography Book” for an article in the UK based magazine “Amateur Photographer.”  The article was published in the November 26, 2011 magazine.  You can read the article she wrote here (downloads as PDF).


PYPB Featured in the Wall Street Journal Photography Book Gift Guide

“Publish Your Photography Book” has been featured in the Wall Street Journal’s Gift Guide under photography books.  You can see the article and other recommended photography books here.  Thanks, WSJ!

Oct. 26, Boston: Book Night with Neal Rantoul

The Photographic Resource Center
Book Night with guest host Neal Rantoul
Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Admission: Free and open to the public

“Open to all photographers who have an interest in photo books and the process of self-publishing. Held in celebration of the Indie Photobook Library, a selection of which is on display at the PRC this month.

Neal Rantoul is a career artist and teacher. He has taught photography since 1971. He is currently head of the Photography Program at Northeastern University and taught for thirteen years at Harvard University as well as at the New England School of Photography. Rantoul is member of the Board of Directors of the PRC.”

PRC Gallery
832 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts   [map]

September 21st, Boston: Reception for “Threefold” Selections from the Indie Photobook Library

Photographic Resources Center at Boston University
“Threefold” Selections from the Indie Photobook Library
Curated by Larissa Leclair, Shane Lavalette and George Slade

Reception: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Exhibition will be on view until November 12, 2011.

In the last decade various technologies have enabled artists to publish not only small editions of a book, but individual volumes when needed. Now, instead of a few books being made in large quantities, many books are being made in small quantities. The Indie Photobook Library (iPL), founded by Larissa Leclair in 2010, is committed to cataloging and preserving examples of the multitude of books that may never find their way into conventional library catalogues because of their modesty, or because they were often created by individual artists whose practice doesn’t include conventional distribution.

“Threefold” reflects the idiosyncratic interests of three curators — Shane Lavalette, Larissa Leclair, and George Slade — each adopting a unique focal point in an attempt to represent a remarkable moment in contemporary independent publishing.”  (From the PRC’s website.)

Photographic Resource Center at Boston University
832 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02215


PYPB in Excelsior, Minnesota

Last month on July 20th, I gave a lecture and book signing in my hometown of Minneapolis at Excelsior Bay Books.  The event was well attended and all declared they enjoyed my lecture prior to the book signing.

Among the many photographers who attended:

David Bowman
Linda Brooks
Linda Gammell
Caroline Houdek
Lesley “Lester” Hughes
Brett Kallusky
Karen Kline
Bruce Kluckhohn
Jesse Mraz
Rebecca Pavlenko
Sarah Sampedro
(forgive me if I’ve missed any of you!)

and the one and only Kat Dalager, one of the best art buyers EVER!

I was honored to present to my friends, family, and colleagues!

Excelsior Bay Books


Before and after the signing: SOLD OUT!


My childhood best friend, Cathy Hurd Senescall.


Interview with Eric Miles on ‘Photography Book Collecting’

In November 2009 Elizabeth Avedon interviewed Eric Miles, Director of photo-eye Auctions about photo book collecting.  You can read the still very relevant interview here, on Elizabeth Avedon’s blog.

ARTBOOK / Paper Chase LA event big success

Our Monday night panel discussion with Jane Brown, Nicole Latz and Toah Berman was a big success! The space was overflowing. Thanks to all that came out…






August 28th & 29th: Publishing Project Consultations in Los Angeles

Darius Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson will be offering a limited number of 1 hour private project consultations on Sunday, August 28th and Monday, August 29th.  Consultations will be held at the Le Montrose Suite Hotel in West Hollywood.

Contact Kelsey Vance for availability and scheduling:

Book a consultation: 

July 31st and August 1st: Publishing Project Consultations in San Fransisco

Darius Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson will be offering a limited number of 1 hour private project consultations on Sunday, July 31st and Monday, August 1st.  Consultations will be held at the San Francisco Mariott Marquis.

Contact Kelsey Vance for availability and scheduling:

Book a consultation: 

Also, on Monday evening MVS and DH will be giving a presentation at SF Camerawork; click here for details.

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.