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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 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.

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


July 10th & 11th: 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, July 10th in the afternoon and Monday, July 11th.  Consultations will be held at the Le Montrose Suite Hotel in West Hollywood.

Contact Kelsey Vance for availability and scheduling:

Book a consultation: 

Also, on Monday evening MVS and DH will be giving a presentation and panel discussion at ARTBOOK @ Paper Chase Press; details for this event are TBA soon.

June 4th at Flash Forward: The Future of Photobooks

Flash Forward Festival Boston
Panel Discussion: The Future of Photobooks

Saturday, June 4, 2011, 4-6 pm
Free and open to the public

Panelists: Andy Adams, Miki Johnson, Shane Lavalette, Michael Itkoff, Bruno Ceschel, Alan Rapp

Moderated by: Stephen Mayes, Managing Director, VII Photo

Despite belt-tightening at most publishing companies, photobooks are experiencing a renaissance in the midst of the digital revolution. In early 2010, Miki Johnson and Andy Adams explored this phenomenon in a month-long online discussion organized through the liveBooks RESOLVE blog, and FlakPhoto, which they respectively founded.

Moderator Stephen Mayes will guide an interactive tour through many of the questions that surfaced during the Future of Photobooks project: from “What is a book?” and “Why make or buy a book?” to “Will self-published photobooks ever be profitable?” and “Do more photobooks in the world ultimately make each book less valuable?”

The Flash Forward Festival is being held in Boston at the Fairmont Battery Wharf.

BookExpo NYC

On May 24th, Mary Virginia and Darius were at BookExpo America, the annual publishing trade industry event (in NYC) signing books at an event hosted by their publisher Princeton Architectural Press.






May 26th & 27th, NYC: Upcoming Events with MVS and DH

To Be Published or Self-Publish: An Overview of Options for Artists
Thursday, May 26, 2011, 7 pm

Book signing to follow
Admission: Free; photo ID required for building entrance

School of Visual Arts
209 E. 23rd Street, 3rd Floor Amphitheater  [map]

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.

Book Signing and Reception at ICP
Friday, May 27, 2011, 6-7:30 pm

A reception and book signing with coauthors Darius Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson. Entrance to the museum is a voluntary contribution on Fridays from 5 to 8 pm. Exhibitions currently on view: Eilliot Erwitt: Personal Best, Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945, and Ruth Gruber: Photojournalist.

International Center for Photography
1133 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10036  [map]

A few spaces are still available for Private Project Consultations with MVS and DH on Friday, May 27th

May 27th: Private Project Consultations in NYC

Friday, May 27, 2011

Darius Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson will be offering a limited amount of ½ hour and 1 hour private project consultations in the morning and in the afternoon, respectively, on Friday, May 27th.

Book a consultation: 

Enter a quantity of ONE (1) for a ½ hour consultation.
Enter a quantity of TWO (2) for 1 hour consultation.

Contact Kelsey Vance for availability and scheduling: