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Santa Fe Workshops © Steven St. John; Annenberg Space for Photography © John Lewis; Judging photobook competition with coauthor Darius Himes at Phoenix Art Museum © Rebecca Senf; Lifetime Achievement presented at Focus Awards © Susan kae Grant; PhotoNOLA © Samuel Portera.

Welcome to the website of Mary Virginia Swanson, Advisor to Emerging & Established Artists and Arts Organizations.  Based in Tucson and NYC, Ms. Swanson lectures frequently and conducts workshops in the US and abroad on making and marketing art. Check MVS ON THE ROAD for upcoming public events. 

Mary Virginia’s next title FINDING YOUR AUDIENCE: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs is being prepared for publication Fall 2017.  A comprehensive update to her previous title The Business of Photography: Principals and Practices (2003-2011) this new title is based on the structure of Swanson’s years of “Finding Your Audience” lectures, seminars and workshops. 

FINDING YOUR AUDIENCE in book form is destined to be an invaluable resource for all photographers.

 Now accepting applications for the January 2018 Master Class. Details »


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© Laura Alice Watt

I am still in awe of the ENORMOUS and invaluable guidance I was given by Mary Virginia Swanson in preparing for my first portfolio review — which I wouldn’t have even known about except for her good advice!  Our early phone conversations helped me to identify and refine my strongest bodies of work.  From our first chat, Mary Virginia has been incredibly encouraging; her enthusiasm gave me the confidence to sign up for the event.  Her editorial eye is sharp and clear, her suggestions always strong without altering my own vision, and her insight into the professional realm of fine-art photography was essential to navigating my way.  By phone and email, we worked together on a new business card design, selected the highest priority reviewers for my work, and prepared promotional materials, all of which added up to a focused and successful review.  No matter where my photography career goes from here, Mary Virginia can claim the lion’s share of credit for helping to get my feet under me at the start, and I will always be grateful.

—Laura Alice Watt (website)

From the MVS Marketing Blog

Deadline September 15th: The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards 2017

Paris Photo | Aperture Foundation
Call for Entries: Photobook Awards 2017
Deadline (entries received by): Friday, September 15, 2017, 12:00 noon EST
The First PhotoBook Prize
A $10,000 prize will be awarded to the photographer(s)/artist(s) whose first finished, publicly available photobook is judged to be the best of the year. Twenty books from this category will be selected for […]

Registration for PhotoNOLA Portfolio Reviews opens THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 10 a.m. CDT

First-come, first-served: Registration for The New Orleans Photo Alliance’s 2017 PhotoNOLA Portfolio Reviews opens next Thursday, September 7th at 10:00 a.m. CENTRAL TIME and typically all 70 spaces sell out in less than 5 minutes. Don’t oversleep…  Full details on the PhotoNOLA Festival website:
www.photonola.org

DEADLINE July 14th, Midnight EDT: Aaron Siskind Foundation IFP Grant

From the ASF website: “The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of Individual Photographer’s Fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each, for artists working in photography and photo-based art. Recipients will be determined by a panel of distinguished guest judges on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of […]

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