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.


© Jim Banks

Mary Virginia Swanson “gets” photography, and just as importantly, she “gets” photographers. I first met with her in 2010. Within the first few minutes of talking and looking at my prints, she understood my motivations and my work, and helped clarify some things in my own mind as well.

I have been working with her ever since. Her support has been unwavering, and her advice has been spot on. She has helped me define and place my photography within the marketplace, helped guide me through a web site redesign, and advised me on portfolio reviews and other opportunities to show my work. The most tangible result of this process has been obtaining gallery representation—one of my major goals. I plan to continue following her advice and look forward to where it leads next.

—Jim Banks (website)

From the MVS Marketing Blog

Deadline October 29th: Silver Eye Fellowship 20

Silver Eye Center for PhotographyCall for Entries: Silver Eye Fellowship 20 Deadline: Monday, October 28, 2019, 11:59 pm EDT

“Silver Eye Center for Photography announces a Call for Entries for Fellowship 20, our annual international photography competition. Winners receive a cash award and a solo exhibition with free Lab @ Silver Eye production support […]

October 15th, Portland, OR: Lecture by MVS “The Life of a Photographic Project: From Concept to Audience”

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR

Fee: $20 for ASMP Members, OPPA/PPA Members, Blue Sky Gallery Members, FREE for students with valid ID.| $50 for non-members | Consider arriving early to view PAM’s newest exhibition “Hank Willis […]

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 […]

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