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November 30, San Francisco: Richard Misrach Lecture/Book Signing

Lecture and Book Signing with Richard Misrach
Followed by Artist Reception

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
7:00 pm

SF Camerawork
657 Mission Street, 2nd floor
San Francisco, California
(415) 512-7109

SF Camerawork is pleased to present a lecture and book signing with Richard Misrach on the occasion of the publication of Misrach’s acclaimed new monograph, Destroy This Memory. Published by Aperture on August 29th—marking the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina—this powerful book presents previously unpublished and starkly compelling material, all of which Misrach shot with his 4 MP pocket camera. Created between October and December 2005, one month after the storm, Destroy This Memory is an affecting reminder of the physical and psychological impact of Hurricane Katrina. Rather than simply surveying the damage, Misrach—who has photographed the region regularly since the 1970s, most notably for his ongoing Cancer Alley project—found himself drawn to the hurricane-inspired graffiti: messages scrawled in spray paint, crayons, chalk, or whatever materials happened to be on hand. At turns threatening, desperate, clinical, and even darkly humorous, the phrases he captured—the only text that appears in the book—offer unique and revealing human perspectives on the devastation and shock left in the wake of this disaster.

Artist’s royalties for this project are being donated to the Make It Right Foundation, which is currently rebuilding the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

NYC, 12/1: Save the date! MVS and Darius Himes to speak at the NYPL, 6 pm

The New York Public Library presents

An Artist Career Development Series Event

Publish Your Photography Book

Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson

Wednesday December 1, 2010
6:00 p.m.  FREE and OPEN to ALL

Margaret Liebman Berger Forum
Room 227 (2nd Floor; doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 Fifth Avenue
5th Avenue and 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018
212-340-0871

www.nypl.org

From the NYPL:

“Industry insiders Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson demystify the process of producing and publishing a book of photographs. They will survey the current landscape of photography book publishing and point out the many avenues to pursue and pitfalls to avoid. Himes and Swanson will provide an overview of the publishing industry; an intimate look at the process of making a book; a close review of how to market a photo book; a section on case studies, built around discussions and interviews with published photographers; and a final section presenting a wealth of resources and information to aid in the understanding of the publishing world.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:

Darius D. Himes was a founding editor of photo-eye Booklist and is a cofounder of Radius Books, a nonprofit company publishing books on the visual arts.  Himes is also a lecturer, consultant and writer who has contributed to numerous publications.

Mary Virginia Swanson is a consultant in the area of licensing and marketing fine-art photography. Swanson frequently lectures and conducts workshops and educational programs for photographers and students. Respected judge of competitions and awards as well as portfolio reviewer, she is widely recognized for her blog Marketing Photos, a valued resource for photographers.

ABOUT THE NYPL LECTURE SERIES:

Initiated and organized by Arezoo Moseni, Artist Career Development Serieshave addressed the growing needs and concerns of independent creative workforce in New York City since 2006.”

November 13, Richmond, Virginia: Sally Mann exhibition & opening events

From Aperture’s website:

Richmond, Virginia

Sally Mann: The Flesh and the Spirit
Exhibition


Exhibition on view:
Saturday, November 13, 2010 –Sunday, January 23, 2011

Related Event:

Sally Mann: Conversations
Saturday, November 13, 2010

10 am–1 pm

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Altria Group and Center Gallery
200 North Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia
(804) 340-1400

Sally Mann’s most recent work represents an intriguing new direction. She is tackling expansive themes of mortality and vulnerability, while for the first time using herself and her husband as subjects. In addition, she has taken her bold experiments with the medium to new heights, pushing photography to its limits by making painterly and nearly abstract images—many as unique pieces on glass plates. Altogether the exhibition and accompanying catalog will present an unexpected picture of Mann’s work, encouraging a fresh perspective on one of today’s preeminent photographers and, it is hoped, an opportunity to extend her visibility well beyond the realm of photography. The exhibition is organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and curated by John B. Ravenal, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. (Excerpted from VFMA website.)

Sally Mann: The Flesh and The Spirit, co-published by Aperture and VFMA, is a must for any serious library of photographic literature, students, scholars, collectors, and others interested in her work. John Ravenal has written a comprehensive introduction as well as individual entries on each series, and essays by David Levi Strauss (“Eros, Psyche, and the Mendacity of Photography”) and Anne Wilkes Tucker (“Living Memory”) add different, but equally illuminating perspectives to this work.

Sally Mann: Conversations: Join leading experts in the field of photography—Vince Aletti (The New Yorker); Melissa Harris (Aperture Magazine), Brian Wallis (International Center of Photography)—as well as Sally Mann herself, for an engaging discussion of the artist’s work and exhibition, Sally Mann: The Flesh and The Spirit.

Sally Mann (born in Lexington, Virginia, 1951) is one of America’s most renowned photographers. She has received numerous awards, including NEA, NEH, and Guggenheim Foundation grants, and her work is held by major institutions internationally. Mann’s many books include What Remains (2003),Deep South (2005), and the Aperture titles At Twelve (1988), Immediate Family(1992), Still Time (1994), and Proud Flesh (2009). She lives in Lexington, Virginia.

November 9th in NYC: Fred Ritchen and Brian Palmer in Conversation at Aperture

EVENT

In Our Own Image

Fred Ritchin and Brian Palmer
In Conversation

Join Fred Ritchin and journalist, photographer, and filmmaker Brian Palmer for a discussion on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary edition of Ritchin’s groundbreaking book In Our Own Image.

Tuesday, November 9, 6:30 pm

FREE

Aperture Gallery & Bookstore
547 West 27 Street, 4th floor
New York, New York
(212) 505-5555

View event details

Visit the Aperture website

AUSTIN, this weekend: KATE BREAKEY exhibitions, book signing events

Kate Breakey’s mid-career monograph PAINTED LIGHT (UT Press) is being celebrated with exhibitions, talks and signings this weekend in Austin:

Reception and signing, Saturday, 7 pm at The Wittliff Collection, San Marcos (see below)

and

Reception and signing Sunday, 4-7 pm at the Stephen L. Clark Gallery, 110 W. 6th Street, Austin

NOVEMBER 6, 2010, SATURDAY, 7:00 PM
PAINTED LIGHT |  Artist Reception + Book Launch
Internationally recognized for her large-scale, richly hand-colored photographs, KATE BREAKEY is the featured speaker for the Painted Light exhibition reception and book launch of the latest title in the Wittliff Collections’ Southwestern & Mexican Photography Book Series. Kate’s introduction will be made by critic, poet, lecturer, and editor A.D. COLEMAN. Published by the University of Texas Press,Painted Light is available October 2010. Books will be for sale at the event for $65.00 plus tax.

Attendees are asked to RSVP to thewittliffcollections@txstate.edu.

Visitor information and directions:  link here

Special thanks to this event’s Partner Sponsor: SUSAN CREWS BAILEY.

NOW! FotoWeek DC Events have begun in Washington, DC

Don’t miss all that is FOTOWEEK DC!  Lectures, exhibitions, evening projections, photobooks and more!  I hope to see you at the portfolio reviews on Sunday, and at our lecture (with coauthor Darius Himes) on publishing photobooks onMonday, 12:00 noon at the Corcoran (free).

And, major exhibitions of interest in DC independently of FWDC:

JOHN GOSSAGE: THE POND at the American Art Museum  (through January 17)

THE PRE-RAPHAELITE LENS: BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY and PAINTING, 1848-1875 at the National Gallery of Art (through January 30th)

COBURN AND THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTFOLIO at the Phillips Collection (through January 9th)

November 5/6/7: NY Art Book Fair at PS1

One of my favorite fairs of the year, without question!  From the website:

Printed Matter presents the fifth annual NY Art Book Fair, November 5–7 at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens.

Free and open to the public, the Fair hosts over 200 international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists and publishers from twenty countries, offering the best in contemporary art book publishing.

Philip Aarons, Chairman of the Board of Printed Matter, said: “The NY Art Book Fair is the premiere venue to find what’s new in art publishing. While it has spawned the next generation of independent art book fairs world-wide, it remains the biggest, the best, and by far the most fun.”

The NY Art Book Fair includes special project rooms, screenings, book signings, and performances, throughout the weekend.

Other events include the third annual Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference, and The Classroom, a curated series of informal conversations between artists, together with readings, workshops and other artist-led events.”

NOT TO BE MISSED!!

November 8th in Washington, DC: MVS and Darius Himes on “To Be Published, or Self Publish?”

In conjunction with FotoWeek DC:
Darius Himes & Mary Virginia Swanson will speak at 12:00 noon at the Frances and Armand Hammer Auditorium of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design, 500 17th Street NW (FREE).  Click here for event description and details.
“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?In this presentation, coauthors Darius Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson will discuss both avenues to publishing and help participants determine the pros/cons of each. Swanson will share resources from their forthcoming title,Publish Your Photography Book (Princeton Architectural Press, Winter 2011), and time will be allocated for a question/answer period at the end of the presentation.”
Cover, Publish Your Photography Book“Publish Your Photography Book” Coming Winter 2011 (Princeton Architectural Press)

November 2nd in NYC: David Taylor speaks on “Working The Line”

From an e-update from Radius Books:

UPCOMING EVENTS with David Taylor
In Conjunction with Anna Deavere Smith Works, Inc. at New York University and the “Bodies on the Line“* Symposium:
Presentation and Discussion with David Taylor on his project “WORKING THE LINE

Hosted by Radius Books
Tuesday, November 2nd, 6-8 pm
NYU, 20 Cooper Square (5th and Bowery, 5th Floor)

FREE and open to all who RSVP (until capacity):

scott@annadeveresmithworks.org

Visit the website to learn of other Symposium events this coming week that are open to the public.
*The “Bodies on the Line” Symposium is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

MVS and Darius Himes present at Photoplus Expo tomorrow, 1:15-3:15

PUBLISH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK”  Lecture at PhotoPlus Expo, Thursday October 28th from 1:15 – 3:15

“In this informative presentation, industry insiders Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson survey the current landscape of photography book publishing today and point out the many avenues to pursue and pitfalls to avoid. Together, they will demystify the process of making a photobook from the perspectives of both traditional trade publishing and self-publishing. Lastly, they will lend essential advice about the marketing of your book at its launch and beyond. Whether your body of work is completed and ready for publication or you dream of one day having a book of your photographs, this seminar will be of value. Himes and Swanson are co-authors of Publish Your Photography Book to be released in Winter 2011 by Princeton Architectural Press. Handouts will be provided.”

photo © Jamey Stillings

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