Mary Virginia Swanson © Jamie Williams; Judging photobook competition with coauthor Darius Himes © Rebecca Senf; Santa Fe Workshops © Steven St. John; Annenberg Space for Photography © John Lewis;  PhotoNOLA © Samuel Portera.


© 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 October 1st: Currents 2019 – NOPA Members Showcase

New Orleans Photo AllianceCall for entries: Currents 2019 – NOPA Members ShowcaseDeadline: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Submission Fee: $25Submission Fee + NOPA Membership: $60

From NOPA’s website:

“Photographers are invited to submit work for consideration in CURRENTS 2019. CURRENTS is an annual exhibition which highlights the diverse photographic work being created by New Orleans Photo […]

PhotoNOLA! Registration opens Thursday, September 12th at 10 a.m. CDT for the PhotoNOLA 2019 Portfolio Reviews

PhotoNOLA, the annual four-day New Orleans Festival of Photography produced by the New Orleans Photo Alliance, hosts within its programming a popular 2-day Portfolio Review on December 12th & 13th. Participating industry experts include gallery directors, a broad range of curators (seated institutional curators, curators of corporate and private collections), book acquisition editors, […]

Deadline September 25th: Humble Arts Foundation Group show 63 “Love, Actually”

Humble Arts Foundation Online Opportunity Call for Entries: Group Show 63 ” Love, Actually” Deadline: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Fee: NONE!

From Humble’s website:

“Humble’s next open call, our final online exhibition of 2019, is as simple as the title suggests. It’s about love, actually.

Around the world, political and social division threatens […]

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