MVS Musts

Deadline November 19th: 2020 New York Portfolio Review

The New York Times photo department | Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York | United Photo Industries
Call for Applications: 2020 New York Portfolio Review
Deadline: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 11:59 PM EDT

From James Estrin of the New York Times:
“We will once again bring together 110 talented photographers with 75 top photo editors, publishers, curators, gallery owners and video producers, for the 8th annual New York Portfolio Review on March 27, 28 and 29, 2020 in New York City.

We will screen all applicants and choose 110 participants who will all attend all three days. This year there will be travel grants to assist between 15 and 20 participants to attend the review, thanks to the generosity of Prince Claus Fund, Open Society Foundations, and The Chris Hondros Fund. Once the participants are chosen those that wish to apply for financial assistance will have the opportunity to do so.

Participation is open to anyone over 18 years old, and all types of photography will be considered. Please note: Photographers who attended last year’s review are not eligible to apply. Those who attended once in previous years can apply for this year’s review, but they must submit new work. Those who have already attended the review twice cannot apply.

To Apply
To enter, submit no more than 20 photos total, from one or two projects, using the form on this page. The files should be JPEGS, 1,200 pixels across and 72 D.P.I.

We will inform those who are accepted by Dec. 18, 2019. Be sure to triple-check the email address you submit.”

For the complete prospectus, list of reviewers and to apply visit:

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, photo editors, directors of not-for-profit arts venues, sage advisors and more (list here). Registration opens online on SEPTEMBER 12th, typically filling to capacity in the first few minutes.

Read the FAQ’s here, be informed and prepared to register. And whether or not you are among the first 70 photographers to register, be sure to come and take in all that this wonderful Festival has to offer. Full calendar here, with more events to be added – but plan on staying in New Orleans for all four days of the Festival filled with community gatherings, workshops, education, gallery talks and much, much more. Huge thanks to the NEW ORLEANS PHOTO ALLIANCE and the team of passionate volunteers who help make this special gathering happen each year (est. 2006), all to our great benefit. See you there!

Deadline September 30th: “THE QUALITIES OF LIGHT” Flat File exhibition at the Center for Creative Photography

From the Center for Creative Photography’s website :

“Enter for an opportunity to have your work displayed at the Center for Creative Photography!

The Center for Creative Photography invites photographers to submit up to five (5) photographic artworks to be presented in conjunction with The Qualities of LIGHT: A View from the Archive at the Center for Creative Photography. Finalists will be identified by a panel of jurors comprised of Center for Creative Photography curatorial staff, former LIGHT Gallery directors and other photographic community members.

A celebration of the legacies of LIGHT, a significant early photography gallery, The Qualities of LIGHT: A View from the Archive at the Center for Creative Photography will focus on characteristics identified by those who visited, worked, showed, and were impacted by the gallery. Each section of the exhibition will be headed by one of five essential qualities articulated by this community. LIGHT was Transparent, one of the five sections, will reflect on the importance of a spirit of transparency to the gallery – the physical layout of which fostered an open environment that facilitated interaction and education. A bank of flat file drawers played a critical role in extending this spirt of transparency. Accessible to the public, the flat file drawers allowed visitors to go beyond the exhibitions and view the gallery’s entire inventory, creating opportunities for discovery and the informal exchange of knowledge.

Rather than faithfully recreate these drawers, restaging their content as it would have been at the time, the Center intends to invoke their intention in the exhibition. We hope to provide visitors to The Qualities of LIGHT an equivalent experience by facilitating an opportunity to discover new work by photographic artists working today.

Accepted submissions will be displayed in flat file drawers at the Center for Creative Photography as part of the exhibition from December 14, 2019 to May 9, 2020. ”

LIGHT Gallery was in business from 1971 – 1987 and was a significant component of our then young field as it brought contemporary photography of its day into the art collecting market. To learn submission details and full list of Jurors, visit

Radius Book Pop-up Sale/Book Signing this Saturday

From Radius Books in Santa Fe:

“Join us in Santa Fe as we celebrate 12 years of beautiful books, and honor the artists and contributors who make it all possible.

Saturday, August 24
10 am – 3 pm Pop-up Bookstore + Auction with music, food trucks and more.

Location: the parking lot behind Radius Books (tented)
227 E Palace Ave. Suite W, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

We are expecting over 150 artist/writer/curator members of the Radius Family—we hope to see you there.”

February 24th, Las Vegas: MVS Presenting at NANPA Nature Photography Summit

NANPA | Nature Photography Summit
February 21–23, 2019 in Las, Vegas, Nevada

“NANPA’s 21st Nature Photography Summit and Trade Show provides a wide variety of opportunities for nature photographers at all levels of experience to meet, share their work, learn more about both the art and business of nature photography, get hands-on practice, discover new tools and services, and more. Join us at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino, February 21-23, 2019.”

SUPER SESSION: PLANNING NOW to MARKET: Your Project from Concept through Execution, Exhibition and Publication
Sunday, February 24, 2019, 8:30–11:30 AM

In this visually rich presentation, Mary Virginia Swanson outlines steps that every photographic project should take as it heads through production to publication/exhibition. What early research can facilitate access and secure the funding and equipment needed? How can you maximize time and funds? What do you need to know about target audience(s) to determine your final product: limited edition handcrafted prints? Lower cost printing/surfaces? Banners for public art display and ease in touring an exhibition? How do you choose an exhibition venue, prepare strategic proposals and suggest educational programming that fits each venue? Is a publication of the work desirable? What should it cost, and which publishers should you approach? Should you license your work? If so, how do you identify buyers and inform them of availability.

This Super Session is available as an add-on to your regular Summit registration for $75 and can be paid at the door. Summit registration is NOT required to attend the super Sessions.

Deadline July 30th: Click! Photography Festival Juried Portfolio Reviews

Click Photography Festival 

Call for Entries: Click! Juried Portfolio Reviews 

Deadline: Monday, July 30th, 2018 

Entry Fee: $55 for 10 images

The Details 

Submit 10 cohesive images from the project you’d like to be reviewed with a very brief project statement. (100 WORDS MAX). Each submission will be considered by our jury panelists chosen specifically as “rare eyes.” (Not common on the review circuit). You may submit more than one project.

First Submission: $55

Each additional submission: $25

The Review

If you are selected as one of the Click! Class of 2018, you will be notified on or before August 30th.

Review Fee: $700 – Due in-full by September 2nd

The Click! Class of 20 (18) will be announced September 5th

Alternates will be chosen and invited if review fee is not paid in full by September 2nd or if a desired artist declines, cancels, or cannot attend the review.”

For the full prospectus and to submit visit:

April 20-25, Boston: MVS at the Griffin Museum

April 20, 2018toApril 25, 2018

This April, MVS will once again be returning to the Griffin Museum for her annual NESOP event (FRIDAY, APRIL 20th, open to NESOP Students, Alumni and Griffin Museum Members) as well as other weekend presentations and special portfolio reviews for current Griffin Museum Members.  Planning is underway and details will be announced here and on the Programming section of the Griffin website.  If you are not already member of the Griffin, consider joining here.

March 26: MVS lectures at Griffin Museum on Publishing, 10:00 – 1:00, Photobook Showcase 2-4 pm!

March 26, 2017

On Sunday, March 26th MVS will present a lecture entitled “TO BE PUBLISHED, or SELF-PUBLISH? Publishing Options for Artists Today.”

In this informative and richly illustrated presentation, Mary Virginia Swanson will demystify the process of publishing a book of your photographs from the perspectives of both traditional trade and self-publishing paths, helping participants determine the pros/cons of each.  She will lend advice on marketing your book at its release and beyond, stressing the importance of a web and social media presence, as well as the value of public presentations and print exhibitions to extend the life of your title in print.  Swanson will share resources from her recent title with coauthor Darius Himes, Publish Your Photography Book (Princeton Architectural Press, Revised and updated 2015).  Book signing to follow. 

Tickets available below. NESOP students and Griffin Academic Members can attend for free – please call the museum directly to reserve your spot.

To learn more, and to register:


Later this same day:  PHOTO BOOK SHOWCASE at the Griffin Museum!  Stay on for this event: The Griffin Museum of Photography is delighted to host a showcase afternoon for artists who make photobooks. This will be open to the public, and follows a morning presentation by Mary Virginia Swanson “TO BE PUBLISHED, OR SELF PUBLISH? Publishing Options for Artists Today.” The 7th Annual Photobook Exhibit (2016) sponsored by the Davis Orton Gallery and the Griffin Museum of Photography will also be on display (March 9 – March 31, 2017) at the museum.

For photographer/photo-book makers: We want to see what you’ve got! This is the chance to strut your stuff! Small editions, handmade books, self-published photobooks or photobooks published through a publishing house. Reserve a spot at the table to showcase and sell your books. The cost to rent the table space is $25, and you get to keep all proceeds from the sales (provided you manage it all at the table – if you need to use the Griffin’s credit card processing option, there will be small fees applied.) Limited to 22 participants – sign up below. Please arrive at 1:15 pm for set up.

For book lovers: Free to attend!!! Come see what these talented photographers/photobook makers are up to! Indulge your passion for photographic books and meet the makers!

March 25: MVS presenting lecture at Griffin Museum, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. FREE

March 25, 2017

On Saturday, March 25th MVS will present a lecture entitled “Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs.”  This lecture is updated for each presentation and includes an overview of multiple markets, social media musts and more.

In collaboration with the Griffin Museum of Photography, this event is part of NESOP’s ANNUAL SEMINAR SERIES FOR GRADUATES and limited seating will also be available to Griffin members and institutional members, NESOP faculty and alumni, and workshop students.

To learn more:

BOSTON! MVS @Griffin Museum on Saturday 3/25 and Sunday 3/26

March 25, 2017toMarch 26, 2017

Two separate lectures and a Photobook Showcase event!  On Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.: “An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs” Free to Griffin members and NESOP community, presented as a part of CROSS CURRENTS II, seating on a first-served basis.  On Sunday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. “To be Published, or Self-Publish? Options for Artists Today” (ticketed) followed by Photobook Showcase from 2-4 pm.  Links to all : SAT and SUN   See you there!



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