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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 winter 2018.  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.


© Linda Kuehne

I am writing to express how much I owe Mary Virginia. She really got me focused in the right direction and have helped me tremendously to get where I am today with my work. I always had the vision but in terms of how to put the work together and present a strong voice—her advice has been invaluable. Portfolio reviews have helped too, but learning more about where my work fits into the history of photography (The New Topgographics) and her advice about “just get out there and shoot more!” as well as advice on my website, has been great. Thank you so much!

—Linda Kuehne (website)

From the MVS Marketing Blog

August 5th, New Orleans: Artist Talk by Binh Danh “Landscape and Memory”

©2018 Binh Danh
PhotoNOLA
Artist Talk by Binh Danh: Landscape and Memory
Sunday, August 5th, 3:00 pm
Free and open to the public, RSVP required
“In his presentation, “Landscape and Memory“, Binh Danh will show work from his community-inspired installations and discuss his photographic processes with an emphasis on his daguerrotype printing and work with indigenous botanicals. Danh is […]

Deadline Extended to June 29th: Critical Mass

Photolucida
Call for Entries: Critical Mass
Deadline Extended: Friday, June 29, 2018 at noon PST
Fee: $75
“Critical Mass began as a way to help photographers get their work into the conversation. In-person portfolio review events are a bigger expense and time commitment. We wanted to create an online platform that would make it easier and more efficient […]

Deadline EXTENDED June 8th: The W. Eugene Smith Grant for Student Photographers

W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund
Call for Entries: The W. Eugene Smith Grant for Student Photographers
Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018 Friday, June 8, 2018
Fee: $1
“In 2018 the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund announced a new grant, the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Student Photographers to encourage and support students whose photographic work renews the tradition of […]

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