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© Magdalena Solé

Our time together was engaging, thought provoking, timely and most importantly illuminating of all the nooks and crannies of publishing a photography book.  I can now go into my meeting this week with some useful knowledge of the process and some ideas as to a reasonable contract arrangement.  Thanks again for your time and thoughtfulness.

—Magdalena Solé (website)

From the MVS Marketing Blog

Deadline EXTENDED to April 23rd: Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography

New Orleans Photo Alliance
Call for Entries: Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography
Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2014, midnight CDT
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, midnight CDT
Application fee: $25
“The Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography (MPS Fund) was created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance to honor the life and work of Michael P. Smith, [...]

April 17th, Portland: Lecture by Lauren Greenfield

Photolucida | Portland Photo Month
Lecture by Lauren Greenfield
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 7:00-9:00 pm
“Lauren Greenfield is considered a preeminent chronicler of youth culture, gender and consumerism as a result of her photographic monographs “Girl Culture,” “Fast Forward,” and “THIN” which have been widely published and exhibited by major museums internationally. Greenfield directed the acclaimed 2012 documentary [...]

April 28th, NYC: PROOF’s Annual Benefit & Auction

PROOF: Media for Social Justice
4th Annual Benefit & Auction
Monday, April 28, 2014, 6:00-9:00 pm
“This event will benefit PROOF’s innovative multi-media approach to visual storytelling, education and training programs that encourage public discourse on human rights abuses worldwide.  The cocktail reception and photography exhibition is an excellent opportunity for guests to bid on extraordinary fine art [...]

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