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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.”

PDNedu Spring 2016 Issue with Article by MVS Now Available


The Spring 2016 Issue of PDNedu is now available and features “Ask MVS” on page 22, Mary Virginia Swanson: Advises on Licensing Existing Work.  You can read the article and the rest of the magazine (for free!) by following this link:

The Photobook Review 003 – Now Available!

Aperture – The Photobook Review, issue 003

“The PhotoBook Review issue 003 is now available! Included in this issue is the announcement of the shortlisted books for the first Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards. Issue 003, guest edited by Joan Fontcuberta, also includes a profile of Yolanda Cuomo (who designed Diane Arbus’s Revelations, among other noteworthy publications), an interview with Dutch photographer Rob Hornstra, a feature on the Argentine-publishers behind La Azotea, and reviews of over ten new photobooks from 2011 and 2012.”

Buy the e-version here, for $1.99.

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.

“Publish Your Photography Book” Featured in the Wall Street Journal Photography Book Gift Guide

“Publish Your Photography Book” has been featured in the Wall Street Journal’s Gift Guide under photography books.  You can see the article and other recommended photography books here.  Thanks, WSJ!

November 17th, NYC: Panel Discsussion with Kathy Ryan

Aperture Foundation
Panel Discussion with Kathy Ryan, New York Times Magazine Photographs
Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Admission: Free

“Longtime photo editor Kathy Ryan will discuss her new book, The New York Times Magazine Photographs (Aperture, 2011) at Barnes and Noble with photographers Damon Winter and Taryn Simon.

The book reflects upon and interrogates the nature of both photography and print magazines, at this pivotal moment in their history and evolution. It presents some of the finest commissioned photographs worldwide of various types, including reportage, portraiture, style, conceptual photography, and photo illustration. Also addressed are issues of documentary photography in relation to more conceptual photography; the efficacy of storytelling; and what makes an image evidentiary, objective, subjective, truthful, or a tool for advocacy; as well as discussion of whether these matters are currently moot, or more critical than ever. As such, The New York Times Magazine Photographs aims to serve as a springboard for a rigorous, necessary, and revitalized examination of photography as presented within a modern journalistic context.”

Barnes & Noble Bookstore
150 East 86th Street
New York, New York  [map]
(212) 369-2180

collect.give Book Release


“The charity-based online photography gallery collect.give announces the release of a book celebrating the project’s first 50 photographers – all of whom have pledged to donate 100% of their print proceeds to charities they’ve selected. Since 2009, collect.give has raised over $28,000 for a wide variety of charitable organizations, by selling affordable, limited edition photographs.”

Design By
Heidi Romano

Photographs By
Jane Fulton Alt, Malu Alvarez, Jonathan Blaustein, Mark Brautigam, Jesse Burke, Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman, Katrina d’Autremont, Amy Eckert, Matt Eich, Jon Feinstein, Sarina Finkelstein, Elizabeth Fleming, Max. S. Gerber, Meggan Gould, Andrew Hetherington, Geoffrey Hiller, Peter Hoffman, Jon Horvath, Ben Huff, Dave Jordano, Stella Kalaw, Melissa Kaseman, Liz Kuball, Shane Lavalette, David Leventi, John Loomis, S. Billie Mandle, Kerry Mansfield, Mark Menjivar, Kevin J. Miyazaki, Annie Marie Musselman, Colleen Plumb, Susana Raab, Shawn Records, Ellen Rennard, Dalton Rooney, Jonathan Saunders, Manjari Sharma, Daniel Shea, Kelly Shimoda, Emily Shur, Allison V. Smith, Aline Smithson, Brea Souders, Sarah Sudhoff, Jake Stangel, Lacey Terrell, Sonja Thomsen, Susan Worsham and David Wright.

Essays By
Crista Dix, Darius Himes, Lisa Hostetler, Rachel Hulin, Miki Johnson, Larissa Leclair, Wally Mason, George Slade, Amy Stein and Alison Zavos.

To Benefit
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). In keeping with the collect.give mission to donate 100% of proceeds to charity, all profits from this book will be donated to the RSPCA, a charity chosen by the designer Heidi Romano.

You can purchase the book from MagCloud for $22.00 USD.

Interview with W.M. Hunt

Today, at Length magazine posted a wonderful interview with W.M. Hunt by Darren Ching and Debra Klomp Ching.  The interview can be found here.  Go read it now, it is a must.

One week from today: MVS/DH lecture & booksigning at SF Camerawork!

LECTURE:  “To Be Published or Self-Publish? Options for Artists”

MONDAY, August 1st at 7 pm, SF Camerawork

(Book signing for PUBLISH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK to follow lecture)

LOCATION:  657 Mission Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco CA  94105   (415) 512-2020


My co-author Darius Himes and I will be SF giving a public lecture, signing books, and consulting with photographers on their publication projects.  We hope to see many of you there!


“The print-on-demand revolution has opened up new publishing possibilities for photographers; it has never been easier or more affordable to produce and market a book of your photographs. The traditional publishing path has the advantage of a highly specialized team that brings experience with design, production, marketing and distribution systems to the table. In a self-publishing scenario you can create exactly the book you envision, but without the input and expertise of seasoned professionals at a publishing house. Which scenario is best for you?

Darius Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson, coauthors of the recently released Publish Your Photography Book (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011) will give a 50-minute visual presentation for artists who wish to bring their artwork to book form, discussing both traditional publishing and self-publishing avenues towards helping determine the pros and cons of each path.

Time will be allotted for Q&A following the presentation; copies of Publish Your Photography Book  will be available for purchase.  Map


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