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 Organization. Based in Tucson and NYC, Ms. Swanson lectures frequently and conducts workshops in the US and abroad. Check MVS ON THE ROAD for upcoming public events.
In the seventies I photographed and everything fell into place. After seeing my first show David Godine published a book that someone sent to Ansel Adams. Ansel invited me to teach at his workshops (where I first met MVS) and I was off and running. I worked hard but I was spoiled rotten. At that point neither MVS or I could have imagined the changes to come.
Attending one of Mary Virginia’s lectures last year was my wake up call indicating that I had to do more than produce good work. After a 1995 accident put me on crutches for a year, view cameras, studio, and darkroom did not work. During that year learning digital kept me sane. I had to cancel and refuse lectures and teaching engagements. Galleries did not know what to do with me. As a result opportunities began to dry up. From 1998 until 2008 I had the good fortune to travel extensively in Asia. Although I kept on photographing I lost contact with many of the people I knew in photography. Now that I have a lot of new studio work I don’t know what I would do without Swanee to help me navigate. In addition she is a true and valued friend.
—Olivia Parker (website)