MVS Musts

Deadline September 30: INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks

INFOCUS, the Photography Support Organization of Phoenix Art Museum, invites photographers to submit a self-published photography book for a juried exhibition to be presented in the Norton Photography Gallery of Phoenix Art Museum. Accepted submissions will be exhibited from December 2, 2016 to April 9, 2017. The purpose of the exhibition is to explore the range of ways that artists are using newly available commercial technologies to self-publish photobooks in order to express themselves.

GUIDELINES and shipping details:

JURORS for this competition/exhibition:

Becky Senf
Chief Curator, Center for Creative Photography, Norton Family Curator, Phoenix Museum of Art

Mary Virginia Swanson
Co-author, Publish Your Photography Book

Darius Himes
Co-author, Publish Your Photography Book

Larissa Leclair
Founder, Indie Photobook Library

Christian Waguespack
INFOCUS Curatorial Intern, Center for Creative Photography and Phoenix Art Museum.

This exhibition was inspired by the Cleveland Museum of Art’s DIY: Photographers and Books

Registration open NOW: Susan Burnstine Workshop “Defining the Personal Narrative” December 9 & 10 at PhotoNOLA

In conjunction with PhotoNOLA 2016  the New Orleans Festival of Photography, “Defining the Personal Narrative” a workshop by artist Susan Burnstine will occur at the International House Hotel on December 9 & 10. This class is limited to 10 students, registration is open now.  Visit the PhotoNOLA website and click on EDUCATION to register.

Note: this Festival event is held concurrent with the Portfolio Reviews at PhotoNOLA, do not mistakenly register for both events.

Attendees may also register for the Education Seminar I am organizing on Thursday morning December 8th and attend the many festival events in the evenings and all day on Sunday December 11th.  Join us at PhotoNOLA!

PHOTONOLA REGISTRATION (first come, first served basis): Thursday morning Sept 8, 11/EDT, 10/CDT/ 9/MDT and 8 PDT

PhotoNOLA 2016 The New Orleans Festival of Photography December 8-11, 2016

For those photographers wishing to attend PhotoNOLA 2016, the New Orleans Photo Alliance has announced that SEPTEMBER 8th beginning at 10 a.m. Central Daylight Time is when the registration will open.

Those of you who have attended, or attempted to register in the past know that the reviews typically fill to capacity in 5 minutes or less.

This year’s roster includes curators, publishers, art consultants, photo editors and more.

I will be leading an education seminar the morning of THURSDAY, December 8th from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Reviews are held all day Friday & Saturday, December 9 & 10

A wide range of museum talks, gallery walks and more are held on Sunday, December 11th.

Join us!  But to do so, be prepared to register at the time noted above for your time zone.  Good luck!


January 27th: ASMP Business as unUsual Webinar: “You’ve Been Infringed, Now What?”

ASMP Business as unUsual
Webinar: “You’ve Been Infringed, Now What?
Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 1:00-2:00 PM EDT
Webinar is free for all live attendees.

“Every day, hundreds of photographers experience the frustration and heartbreak of seeing their work used without their permission – and without compensation. IP Attorneys Bruce Bellingham and Peter McCall of Spector, Gadon and Rosen, P.C. will outline the remedies currently available to photographers whose work has been infringed and help you protect your work and your livelihood by providing best practices you should follow to maximize your chances of a successful resolution.”

Register here:

MVS Master Class: Special Guests Announced!

November 29, 2015

Special Guests announced! Joining my Master Class in Tucson January 19-24th will industry professionals CASS FEY, LISA M. ROBINSON, DAPHNE SRINIVASAN, and DAVID J. TAYLOR.

Curator of Education CASS FEY will speak on expanding and engaging your exhibition audiences.

Artist LISA M. ROBINSON (“Snowbound“, Kehrer Verlag) will discuss her creative practice and embracing new projects.

Gallerist and Appraiser DAPHNE SRINIVASAN will share her perspectives on strategic career planning.

Artist David J. Taylor will share his experience on bringing long-term projects to publication (“Working the Line” and “Monuments“, Radius Books)

Visit the MVS Master Class webpage for more information.  Applications accepted until filled.

REMINDER: Registration for PhotoNOLA’s Portfolio Reviews opens September 3rd

September 3, 2015

This year’s PhotoNOLA Festival (it’s 10th Anniversary) promises to be one of the best.

Registration for the Reviews opens on Wednesday, September 3rd at 10:00 a.m. Central Standard Time.   2015 promises out fast, so don’t hesitate!  See you there!

IN SUMMARY: Finding Your Audience: Marketing Master Class

Finding Your Audience: Marketing Master Class
January 21-26, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona

I accepted a group of participants for my Master Class from a larger pool of applicants based on two criteria: the maturity of their work and their level of experience in our industry.  All had attended portfolio reviews and were beginning to place and publish their work.   All agreed that traveling to beautiful, snow-free Tucson to be consumed with a rich dialogue on the changing marketplace for photography was a great way to kick off the new year.

Our site visit to the Center for Creative Photography was rich with information on best practices shared by staff members from six different departments.  We learned about best practices for artists, from mounting, matting, installing and caring for your prints, informing curators about your work, engaging the public with your work through educational programming and much much more from the CCP’s inspiring and generous staff.

Terry Etherton from Etherotn Gallery offered sage perspective on the role of gallery in your career, and the increasing importance of the art fairs to today’s diverse collecting market. Interior designers Scott Baker and Mary Ann Hesseldenz shared their passion for placing inspiring artwork in the homes of their clients, and their role as conduit between artists and clients.

Rebecca Blume Rothman, Public Art Program Manager for the City of Phoenix shared her insights on the increasing presence of photography in public art projects and the related proposal/production processes, and artist Ken Rosenthal shared his successful Kickstarter experience to publish his catalogue Photographs 2001-2009.  Last but not least artist Lisa M. Robinson spoke to the subject of her Afterword for Finding Your Audience entitled New Beginnings: Making New Work following the critical success of SNOWBOUND.

It was an amazing week and I am grateful to our Guest Speakers and our Course Assistants for their important contributions to our event. 

Dates for January 2016 will be announced soon, stay tuned!

February 8th, NYC: “A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio” Opens at MoMA

A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio

February 8 – October 5, 2014

“Bringing together photographs, films, videos, and works in other mediums, A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio examines the ways in which photographers and artists using photography have worked and experimented within the four walls of the studio space, from photography’s inception to today. Featuring both new acquisitions and works from the Museum’s collection that have not been on view in recent years, A World of Its Own includes approximately 180 works, by approximately 90 artists such as Berenice Abbott, Uta Barth, Zeke Berman, Karl Blossfeldt, Constantin Brancusi, Geta Brătescu, Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, Jan Groover, Barbara Kasten, Man Ray, Bruce Nauman, Paul Outerbridge, Irving Penn, Adrian Piper, Edward Steichen, William Wegman, and Edward Weston.

The exhibition considers the various roles played by the photographer’s studio as an autonomous space; depending on the time period, context, and the individual motivations (commercial, artistic, scientific) and sensibilities of the photographer, the studio may be a stage, a laboratory, or a playground.” more»

The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019-5497

Deadline February 10th: The New York Portfolio Review, Part II

NY Times Lens Blog
The New York Portfolio Review, Part II
Deadline: Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST

“Last April’s New York Portfolio Review was so successful that we decided to make it a regular event. So we are pleased to announce that applications are open for the second annual New York Portfolio Review, sponsored by the Lens Blog and the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. This year’s review will be held the weekend of April 5 and 6, 2014 in New York, and it will be an opportunity for people in the photographic community to meet, trade ideas and help each other.

Space is limited, but defying the laws of supply and demand, the review is still free. Call us outlaws or crazy, but that’s how we roll. Why? Because we think it is hard enough to be a photographer these days — that every break counts.

Saturday, April 5 will be for all photographers 21 and older, each of whom will receive six private critiques. Sunday, April 6 will be solely for photographers 18 to 27 and will consist of four private critiques for each participant, as well as workshops on photo editing, portfolio building and copyright and contracts.

We will screen all applicants and choose 100 participants for Saturday and 50 for Sunday. All kinds of photographic work — from fine art to photojournalism — are encouraged. Please note: photographers who attended last year’s review will not be eligible to attend this year.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit no more than 20 photos total, from one or two projects.
  • Files should be jpegs, 1200 pixels across and 72 d.p.i.
  • Submit files via the form here.

We will look at every submission, pick 150 photographers and notify you by March 6. Once you have been accepted, you will choose from a list of reviewers you would like to meet, and we will do our algorithmic best to make everyone happy. Honest.”

For the full prospectus and list of reviewers visit:

January 31st – February 2nd, Los Angeles: Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair

Printed Matter, Inc. 
2nd Annual LA Art Book Fair
January 31 – February 2, 2014
Free and open to the public.

“The 2nd annual LA Art Book Fair will take place January 30 – February 2, 2014, once again at the wonderful Geffen Contemporary Building at MOCA. Last year’s inaugural fair was attended by 15,000 visitors and featured 220 exhibitors presses, independent publishers and antiquarians. Printed Matter is very excited to be returning to LA to showcase some of the dynamic activity taking place in the local artists’ book community and globally. The 2014 LA Art Book Fair will also feature an expanded range of programs and discussions to further dialogue around the field of artists’ publications.

The LA ART BOOK FAIR is the companion fair to the NY ART BOOK FAIR, held every fall in New York. 27,000 artists, book buyers, collectors, dealers, curators, independent publishers, and other enthusiasts attended the NY ART BOOK FAIR in 2013.”

For the list of scheduled events and exhibitors (national and international) visit:

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, California  [map]


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