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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
617-975-0600

 

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…

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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: assistant@mvswanson.com

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: assistant@mvswanson.com

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.

From Flash Forward Boston: “The Future of Photobooks”

At the end of May we told you about a panel discussion about “The Future of Photobooks” happening at the Flash Forward Festival in Boston. On Saturday, June 4th, Andy Adams, Miki Johnson, Shane Lavalette, Michael Itkoff, Bruno Ceschel, and Alan Rapp participated in this discussion, moderated by Stephen Mayes, Managing Director, VII Photo.  ”The discussion explored the state of photobook production, consumption and distribution in the Internet Era.”

If you were not able to attend the festival, you can see a video of the discussion here or on Andy Adams’ website.  Scroll down on the page on his website so you don’t miss the extensive list of online photobook resources Andy has up there as well (thanks, Andy!).

The Future of Photobooks: Flash Forward Festival Discussion from FlakPhoto.com on Vimeo.

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.

June 1st-5th: International Photo Book Festival in Kassel, Germany

4th International Photo Book Festival
Held at the Kasseler documenta-Halle
June 1-5, 2011

“The 4th Photobook Festival will once again focus on current developments in the genre of the photographic book. Internationally renowned guests have been invited to present their work and to engage with the visitors to the festival. Workshops, screenings, reviews, exhibitions, trade stalls and the presentation of our awards will offer excitement and inspiration.”  Visit the festival’s website (in English or German) to see the schedule and to learn more about the festival.

Click here to buy tickets.

Self Publish, Be Happy will be participating in the festival as part of their 2011 summer tour, June 2nd-5th.