MVS On the Road

To learn from MVS, attend one of her public appearances listed below, or attend one of her upcoming workshops. If you are considering meeting privately with MVS, know that she frequently adds a day or two to the agenda of her personal appearances around the country to work with photographers (priority given to existing clients).

December 6, New Orleans: PhotoNOLA Education Day “The Path to a Photobook Today: Why, What When”

December 6, 2017
9:00 amto1:00 pm

PhotoNOLA 2017 Education Day Seminar
THE PATH TO A PHOTOBOOK TODAY: WHY, WHAT, WHEN

Thursday, December 6, 2017, 9:00 AM. – 1:00 PM
Workshop Fee: $40 in advance / $50 at door
Open to the public. Register Here.

About the Seminar: The form a publishing project can take today runs the gamut from self-published, short-run artist’s books to print-on-demand titles produced on digital presses to the diverse production values of contemporary monographs. Self-publishing is easier than ever, and we are seeing a sharp increase in photobook publishing ventures. Should you be tempted to bring your work to publication? And if so, what are realistic expectations for a book to make a significant impact on your career?

The seminar will consist of multiple components:

To Be Published or Self-Publish?

A lecture by Mary Virginia Swanson.

Shark Tank: Photography Book Edition

A Presentation by Colleen Mullins
In this informative and comedic presentation, Photographers / Educators Colleen Mullins and Javier Carmona recreate an episode of the television program Shark Tank, examining the publication options for a photographer on the verge of this important career milestone. Enjoy the drama as the tables are turned, and the photographer becomes the “Shark”, with potential investment money in hand, and the competing “Entrepreneurs” represent different publishing industry models to consider.

Participants: JAVIER CARMONA, Artist, Professor of Photography and Head of Digital Cinema at Dominican University, and COLLEEN MULLINS, Artist, Independent Educator

Industry Professionals Presentations and Panel with Audience Q&A

The Industry presentations features sage publishing professionals who will provide insights on the path a project takes when moving from fine prints to the printed page and beyond in its role as a book in your career trajectory. Using recent titles as examples, each will impart expertise on the important steps of editing, design, production quality and marketing, their ideas on how to best present your projects as well as the strategic decisions a publisher makes when adding new titles to their overall list.

Panelists:

  • SOOANNE BERNER, Sales and Marketing Executive at MACK U.K.
  • JOAN BROOKBANK, Publishing Agent, Director, Joan Brookbank Projects NYC
  • DAVID CHICKEY, Publisher, Designer and Editorial Director, Radius Books Santa Fe, NM
  • AMELIA LANG, Executive Managing Editor of the book program, Aperture Foundation NYC

Moderator: Mary Virginia Swanson

(The Moderator and all four Panelists will be graciously serving as Portfolio Reviewers during PhotoNOLA; see that section of this website for expanded professional biographies.)

Location
International House Hotel’s Conference Center at Entrepreneurs’ Row
220 Camp Street, 2nd Floor (directly across the street from the Hotel)
New Orleans, LA 70130

March 14 & 19, Houston: MVS Available for Consultations

March 14, 2018toMarch 19, 2018

MVS will be available for a limited number of in-person consultations in Houston, Texas before and after the second session of portfolio reviews at the FotoFest 2018 Biennial.  If you have worked with Ms. Swanson in the past, please feel free to contact her directly at mvs@mvswanson.com to schedule a session.

If this would be your initial consultation, please visit “Mentoring with MVS” and follow the links to submit a client fact sheet; upon receipt she will be in touch with you to schedule your initial consultation.

Sessions are confirmed in the order requests are received.

March 15–18, 2018: MVS Participating in FotoFest, Session 2

March 15, 2018toMarch 18, 2018

MVS will be participating as a Portfolio Reviewer in the second session of the FotoFest 2018 Biennial in Houston, Texas.

Details about the portfolio reviews are here.

January 16–21, 2018, Tucson: The MVS Master Class (Now Accepting Applications)

January 16, 2018toJanuary 21, 2018

Finding Your Audience: The MVS Master Class
Tucson, Arizona

I am pleased to announce that I will once again be hosting my Master Class in Tucson in January 2017.  As in the past, this year’s discussions and seminars will be at an ADVANCED level; acceptance is by application only.  Class size is limited.

Each January since 2014, Finding Your Audience: MVS Master Class, was deemed a great success by participants – read their testimonials on the lower portion of this page.

Join us in Tucson at the start of the new year to jump start your creativity and marketing awareness!

For further details and to apply go to http://mvswanson.com/workshop/tucson-january-2018.

December 7–10, New Orleans: MVS Participating and Presenting at PhotoNOLA

December 7, 2017toDecember 10, 2017

PhotoNOLA is an annual festival of photography in New Orleans, coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in partnership with galleries, museums and photographers citywide.

The 12th annual PhotoNOLA festival will take place from December 7–10, 2017 with broad ranging photography exhibitions on display throughout the month. The lineup includes portfolio reviews, workshops, lectures, book signings and the PhotoGALA. Many events are free and open to the public.

Please join us to celebrate the art of photography, New Orleans style!”

December 7th: MVS will be presenting a morning education panel on Photobooks–panelists to be announced.

December 2–3, NYC: Participating in “Edit, Sequence, Present and Promote Your Photographs” Workshop with James Estrin

December 2, 2017toDecember 3, 2017

EDIT, SEQUENCE, PRESENT AND PROMOTE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS
With James Estrin, the co-editor of the New York Times Lens blog; Mary Virginia Swanson; and Sarah Leen

Learn to select, sequence and publish visual stories.

MVS will be joining NYT Staff Photographer and Lens Blog co-editor James Estrin at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism to teach this workshop.  More details will be announced soon.

Many people can take decent photographs. Few photographers understand how to edit, sequence and present their work. These skills will enable you to be better visual storytellers and will help you distinguish yourself from other photographers.

In this intensive weekend workshop you will learn how to edit and sequence photo essays and long-term projects. We will cover story structure, photo editing for presentation in magazines, books, exhibitions or on the web. The workshop will also focus on how to market your stories and yourself.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced.

Class meets Saturday, December 2, 10 AM – 6 PM and Sunday, December 3, 11:30 AM – 6 PM
Tuition: $600

To register visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/edit-sequence-present-and-promote-your-photographs-with-james-estrin-and-guests-mary-virginia-tickets-37212513630.

October 27, NYC: MVS Presenting at PhotoPlus Expo

October 27, 2017
2:00 pmto4:00 pm

Who Buys Prints? Understanding the Fine Print Market Today

In a time when many fine-print sales occur through third parties such as art consultants and interior designers, at art fairs or online, this seminar and accompanying professional panel will review the current and future market for fine prints. Attendees will gain an understanding of the legacy of collection photographs in the United States, an awareness of challenges to the traditional gallery representation model, an overview of the new markets for photographs, and perspective on representing yourself in the fine print market.  Session Number: FB5

To receive a 15% discount on a conference pass or a free Expo pass, register through this link: https://l.feathr.co/v1/photo-plus-2017-mary-virginia-swanson-m

PhotoPlus Expo
October 25–28, 2017
Javitts Convention Center, New York City

October 25 – November 2, NYC: MVS Available for Consultations

October 25, 2017toNovember 2, 2017

MVS will be available for a limited number of in-person consultations while in New York City to attend PhotoPlus Expo.  If you have worked with Ms. Swanson in the past, please feel free to contact her directly at mvs@mvswanson.com to schedule a session.

If this would be your initial consultation, please visit “Mentoring with MVS” and follow the links to submit a client fact sheet; upon receipt she will be in touch with you to schedule your initial consultation.

Sessions are confirmed in the order requests are received.

December 6, New Orleans: MVS Available for Consultations

December 6, 2017

MVS will be available for a limited number of in-person consultations in New Orleans for PhotoNOLA.  If you have worked with Ms. Swanson in the past, please feel free to contact her directly at mvs@mvswanson.com to schedule a session.

If this would be your initial consultation, please visit “Mentoring with MVS” and follow the links to submit a client fact sheet; upon receipt she will be in touch with you to schedule your initial consultation.

Sessions are confirmed in the order requests are received.

November 26 – December 4, NYC: MVS Available for Consultations

November 26, 2017toDecember 4, 2017

MVS will be available for a limited number of in-person consultations in New York City.  If you have worked with Ms. Swanson in the past, please feel free to contact her directly at mvs@mvswanson.com to schedule a session.

If this would be your initial consultation, please visit “Mentoring with MVS” and follow the links to submit a client fact sheet; upon receipt she will be in touch with you to schedule your initial consultation.

Sessions are confirmed in the order requests are received.

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