MVS Musts

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]

September 29th, San Fracisco: Film Screening: “Fred Lyon – Living Through the Lens”

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Film Screening, Fred Lyon – Living Through the Lens
Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Tickets: Regular $10 | YBCA Member, Student, Senior, Teacher $8 | YBCA You FREE

“This world premiere is an intimate exposé of San Francisco photographer Fred Lyon, who is still going strong after seven decades behind the camera. Though Lyon is one of America’s leading advertising, interior design, architectural, food, wine, and travel photographers, he is best known locally for his mood-soaked street photography of San Francisco in the ’40s and ’50s. Lyon photographed the transformation of his treasured hometown into a center for optimism, prosperity, and growth after World War II, a truly extraordinary documentation of the City in black-and-white. Fred Lyon: Living Through the Lens tells the story of this prolific, innovative artist. (2013, 52 min, digital)”

Director Michael House and Fred Lyon will be present for the screening.

701 Mission Street
San Francisco, California

September 20-22, NYC: New York Art Book Fair

Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair
September 20-22, 2013
Free Opening Preview: Thursday, September 19th, 6:00-9:00 pm

Printed Matter presents the eighth annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 20 to 22, at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens.

Free and open to the public, the NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines. Last year, the fair featured 283 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from twenty-six countries, and was attended by more than 25,000 people.

Join us for our opening night preview featuring a live set from MASKS on the steps of MoMA PS1. Comprised of New York City-based duo Alexis Georgopoulos and Max Ravitz, the group incorporates elements of underground dance music through analog synthesizers and drum machines. Supporting MASKS, one of the most enigmatic artists on the L.I.E.S. roster, Terekke (aka Matt Gardner) makes subliminal, dub–influenced, tape hiss–fueled basement house.”

If you’re in the area, this is a must see event!

Hours and Location
Friday, September 20, 12–7 pm
Saturday, September 21, 11 am–9 pm
Sunday, September 22, 11 am–7 pm

22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue
Long Island City, NY  [map]

September 19th-22nd, NYC: NY Art Book Fair

Printed Matter, Inc.
The NY Art Book Fair

September 19-22, 2013

“Free and open to the public, the NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines. Last year, the fair featured 283 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from twenty-six countries, and was attended by more than 25,000 people.”

Hours and Location
Friday, September 20, 12–7 pm
Saturday, September 21, 11 am–9 pm
Sunday, September 22, 11 am–7 pm

22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue
Long Island City, New York  [map]

REGISTRATION OPEN NOW: “Finding Your Audience” MVS Marketing Workshop to be held January 17-20, 2013 in Tucson

My 2013 Marketing Workshop webpage has gone live, registration is open!

Current clients are invited to arrive early for special programs beginning the evening of January 16th.  Special hotel rates have been secured at the Windmill Inn and Suites at St. Phillips Plaza at the base of the Catalina Mountains.

Tuition:  $750; special discounted rate for Arizona residents:  $600.  Space is limited.

Join us in beautiful Tucson to kick start your creativity and increase your marketing savvy!

January 17 – 20, Tucson, Arizona: 2013 MVS Marketing Workshop

January 16, 2013toJanuary 20, 2013

I am pleased to announce that my 2013 Marketing Workshop “FINDING YOUR AUDIENCE ” will be held at the Windmill Inn and Suites in beautiful Tucson, Arizona.  I will cover many topics relating to marketing yourself and your work, and know that we will have an engaging dialogue about our industry that will help you focus your energies and unleash your creativity.

The Marketing Seminar begins Thursday evening January 17th and continues through noon on Sunday January 20th.

Current clients are invited to gather together on day earlier for special programming beginning at 7 pm Wednesday evening January 16th, including a presentation by artist Ken Rosenthal on his exhibition and self-publishing experiences, and a private print viewing the next day at the Center for Creative Photography.

Registration is open; space will be limited to afford all participants an outstanding learning situation as well as the opportunity to be among their creative peers, sharing ideas and images with each other.   Visit the Workshop web page here.

Our host hotel is an all-suite, pet-friendly property at St. Phillip’s Plaza, within walking distance to Trader Joe’s as well as diverse restaurant options, and a short drive to hiking trails in the Catalina Mountains.  Call (520) 577-0077 for more information on the hotel, or to reserve your suite now.

To learn more about life in Tucson, visit  Come early and stay longer to enjoy beautiful Southern Arizona!


I hope you will join us in Tucson to start 2013 informed and inspired. 

To receive complete Workshop details when available, email my assistant Kelsey at with 2013 Marketing Workshop in the subject line.


FROM UNCERTAIN TO BLUE: Photographs by Keith Carter in special exhibition through August in San Marcos, Texas

JULY 6 – AUGUST 30, 2012
FROM UNCERTAIN TO BLUE: Photographs by Keith Carter
Alkek Library, Texas State University, San Marcos / First Floor — open regular library hours

“In the 1980s, Keith Carter and his wife, Patricia, visited over 100 small Texas towns with intriguing names like Diddy Waw Diddy, Paradise, and Mount Calm. Keith’s method was simple and practical: one town, one photograph. Although he would take several rolls of film in each place, Keith selected only one representative image to print then titled the photographs with the names of the small towns. Thirteen images from this series—plus the road map the Carters used to chart their project — are on display from the Wittliff Collections’ major holding of Keith Carter’s work. Texas Monthly Press published From Uncertain to Blue in 1988, and 23 years later the University of Texas Press published a new version with field notes from Patricia Carter. Pat’s notes are included in this exhibition, which is installed on the first floor of Texas State’s Alkek Library.”


Midwest exhibitions not to be missed! Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Rapid City

Hitting the road?  These solo exhibitions feature work by Rebecca Norris Webb, Tom Arndt and Martin Parr; listed in order of closing dates for these and companion shows.  Enjoy the ride!

ENDS AUGUST 5th: Milwaukee, featuring Minneapolis’ own TOM ARNDT at the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University   “NYC July 4, 1981 Photographs by Tom Arndt”

From the exhibition website:

“On the night of July 4, 1981, photographer Tom Arndt came upon what he referred to as a “wall of sound” as he entered New York City’s Little Italy and Chinatown. He saw garbage cans doused in gasoline, set aflame, and exploding with fireworks as people ran through the rain-soaked streets. The series of photographs Arndt took capture the intensity of the night’s celebration of Independence Day, while simultaneously emitting a strange disconnect from the specifics of time and place. The photographs have an uneasy resemblance to contemporary images of urban warfare and ask the viewer to reconcile the duality of celebrating freedom versus fighting for freedom.”   57 images are featured on the website.


ENDS AUGUST 5th: NP6 – MARTIN PARR at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, part of the “NEW PICTURES” exhibition series.   From the exhibition website:

“As part of our “New Pictures” series devoted to innovation in contemporary photography, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts invited British photographer Martin Parr to cross the pond and shoot photos covering the wealth of winter activities in Minnesota, from pond hockey to ice fishing.

The results of his endeavor are on view in his exhibition, “New Pictures 6: Martin Parr,” opening April 20 in the Linda and Lawrence Perlman Gallery (262).

See a video “Frozen Face of Minnesota” featuring Martin Parr here:  “Renowned British photographer Martin Parr spent a January weekend documenting our relationship with something that we slip, skate, ski and fish on, but seldom think about seriously: Minnesota ice.”


Ends SEPTEMBER 1: “The Sports Show” Companion exhibition co-curated by TOM ARNDT

“This exhibition features sports as part of everyday life in Minnesota from the late 19th century to the present day.  It features a wide range of images of people, places, and games that capture the spirit of Minnesota’s history.”  Co-curated by photographer TOM ARNDT.

PARTICIPATE IN THE EXHIBITION:  Upload your favorite sports pictures to “The Sports Show: Sports Memories” Flickr group

ENDS OCTOBER 13:  The Dahl Art Center in Rapid City, South Dakota hosts “My Dakota” by Rebecca Norris Webb, featuring the work showcased in her recent (and very moving) book of the same name (Radius Books, 2012).      From the exhibition website:

“Does loss have its own geography? Norris Webb set out to photograph her home state, a place she loved in all its complexity. That spring everything changed with the unexpected death of her brother. One of the few things that eased this artist’s heart was the many landscapes of South Dakota.

For the past decade, Rebecca Norris Webb has been exploring the complicated relationship between people and the natural world.  In her series, MY DAKOTA, this relationship is ever present despite the fact that there are little to no people in her photographs.  Additionally, this series deals with loss, giving it a quiet, contemplative quality.  According to Webb,

“My Dakota started out as a photographic exploration of South Dakota, the sparsely populated state where I grew up, and a place – to quote the Nebraskan photographer Wright Morris – where the Great Plains “…. grew up in you.” A year later my brother died unexpectedly and My Dakota also became a photographic elegy for him. For me, My Dakota is about being broken by grief and, simultaneously, opened by grief. Ultimately, My Dakota is about the mysterious relationship between loss and landscape, the restless wanderings of grief, and the solace of badlands and wide open spaces.”

Originally a poet, Webb has shown her photographic work internationally, including at the George Eastman House Museum and Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York. Her first book, The Glass Between Us, was published in 2006, and her second book, Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (with Alex Webb), was published in 2009. Her photographs are in the collections of the George Eastman House Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. An exhibition of the Violet Isle work (with Alex Webb) was shown at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from May 2011 to January 2012. My Dakota is Rebecca’s third book, which will be exhibited at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, South Dakota, Summer and Fall 2012, and then travel to the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks.”


Finding Your Vision with Alex Webb + Rebecca Norris Webb
Public Slide Talk
 | Friday, October 5 | 7 – 9pm
sponsored by the SD Festival of Books and SD Humanities Council

Photography Workshop | Oct 5, 6 & 7
Photography workshop with Rebecca in October. Click HERE for more info.

Companion exhibition ends AUGUST 8th:  “The Rapid City Flood: Remembrance + Renewal” As part of the citywide commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the flood of 1972, the Rapid City Arts Council coordinated a collaborative exhibit project with the Dakota Artists Guild.

This project is designed to give voice to our community of visual artists in the way they communicate best.


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