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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 »

Review by Smogranch

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

Photo © Ken Rosenthal


Contributors and colleagues and friends at AIPAD checking out the book (top to bottom):

Mary Virginia Swanson gripping the lone advance copy!
Peggy Roalf, editor of DART Blog, with the coauthors
Debra and Darren of KlompChing Gallery and PDN Magazine
Lesley A Martin of Aperture Foundation
John Gossage, a featured Case Study
Paolo Ventura and Denise Wolff, contributors
Robert Morton, contributor







Thank You to our contributors

When we first started working on the columns that ran in photo-eye Booklist from 2004-2007, we envisioned quotes and interviews with a wide range of professionals and experts in the fields of publishing and photography. Talking with different editors, publishers, designers and photographers made the column truly interesting and grounded. In preparing the book, we kept that diversity intact. Over 50 contributors appear in our book, from 2 sentence quotes sprinkled along the top edges of pages, to essays and interviews with publishing professionals that run to several pages. These sections are titled Industry Voices and are embedded in each chapter, adding to the complexity and breadth of the book.

Publish Your Photography Book wouldn’t be what it is without these voices from the industry, and we want to thank them publicly!

(listed in order of appearance)

Chapter 1. The Photography Book Phenomenon
Frish Brandt, George Thompson, Martin Parr, Jeffrey Ladd

Chapter 2. The Nuts and Bolts of Publishing
Todd Hido, Dale Stulz, Chris Boot, Jason Fulford, Robert Morton, Michelle Dunn Marsh, Geoff Blackwell, Alexa Becker, Lance Speer, Gary Chassman, Joan Brookbank, Deborah Aaronson, Markus Hartmann, Theresa May, Patricia Fidler, Nancy E Wolff, Raymond Meeks, Jennifer Thompson, Lesley A. Martin, Eileen Gittins, Daniel Milnor, Allison V. Smith

Chapter 3. The Making of Your Book
Sam Abell, Leah Bendavid-Val, Denise Wolff, Andrea Danese, Lorraine Wild, David Chickey, David Skolkin, Bob Aufuldish, Sue Medlicott, Mark Klett

Chapter 4. The Marketing of Your Book
Nan Richardson, Scott-Martin Kosofsky, Joanna Hurley, Chris Pichler, Jane Brown, Shannon Wilkinson, Jo Whaley, Rixon Reed, Roy Flukinger, Daile Kaplan

Chapter 5. Case Studies
Alec Soth, Paula McCartney, David Maisel, Lisa M. Robinson, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, Sean Perry, John Gossage

And providing fantastic quotes for the back cover are:
Jen Bekman, Gerry Badger, Dennis Keeley

Thank you all!

Our Recent Seminar @ Art Center in Pasadena

Signing Thank You notes to our contributors

We had a great crowd at our February seminar. Thank you to all who came out for the lectures and to the whole team at Art Center in Pasadena!