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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:

“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.

April 13th, TONIGHT in NYC: Panel Discussion on Self-Publishing and Artist Books

Museum of Modern Art
“Social Practice: Temporary Services”

Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 6 pm
Theater 3
Buy tickets online

“Join leading contemporary artists as they discuss their work, the creative process, and issues in contemporary art.  Chicago-based artist collective Temporary Services in conversation with Max Schumann, Associate Director at Printed Matter Inc., discuss their shared concerns about self-publishing and the democratic aspects of artist books. Moderated by MoMA Director Glenn D. Lowry.”  more »

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