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).

November 13-17, Alexandria, VA: MVS Available for Consultation

November 13, 2018toNovember 17, 2018

MVS will be available for a limited number of consultations while in Alexandria, Virginia.

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 3, Albuquerque: Panel & Presentation About Bill Jay at SPE SW

November 3, 2018
1:00 pmto4:30 pm

Society for Photographic Education Southwest Conference

Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay
A film written, directed, and produced by British photographer and educator, Grant Scott.

Film screening and panel discussion during the Society for Photographic Education Southwest Conference.

BILL JAY (1940-2009), British photohistorian, photographer and editor of Creative Camera and Album was a beloved professor at Arizona State University from the day he arrived, fresh from securing graduate degrees at University of New Mexico (MA ’74, MFA ’76). Jay’s life and his many contributions to our field is now the subject of a documentary film by fellow British photographer Grant Scott titled “DO NOT BEND: THE PHOTOGRAPHIC LIFE OF BILL JAY” which will have its US debut at this conference. The film has met wide acclaim at screenings in London, Wales and Scotland. Bill’s family, industry colleagues, former students and friends are among them dozens of contributors to the film.

Scott, Senior Lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire will introduce his film and participate in a concluding panel discussion. Joining him will be Jay’s colleague from UNM & ASU, James Hajicek and several of his students including Mary Virginia Swanson, Jared Platt and more.”

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Honors College Forum

October 26th, New York: MVS Presenting at PhotoPlus Expo

October 26, 2018
11:00 amto12:30 pm

PDN PhotoPlus Expo
To Be Published or Self Publish? An Overview of Publishing Models Today

With the print-on-demand revolution, it has never been easier or more affordable for artists to produce and market a book of their work. While the traditional publishing path has the advantage of a seasoned team with experience in design, production, marketing and distribution, self-publishing allows the artist full creative control. Which approach is best for you and your work? Swanson will demystify the process for both scenarios, as well as lend advice on marketing your book at its release and beyond.

Conference registration required for attendance.
Register through this link for a 15% discount on conference registration or a free Expo pass: https://l.feathr.co/PPE18_Mary-Virginia-Swanson-9.
Pricing for conference registration is here, for individual Conference Sessions (like this session), 1-day or 3- day passes, Keynote passes etc.

Session Number: FA6 | Room: 1E14
Friday, October 26, 2018: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Javits Convention Center, New York City

October 24 – November 1, NYC: MVS Available for Consultation

October 24, 2018toNovember 1, 2018

MVS will be available for a limited number of consultations while in New York City.  MVS will be attending and presenting at the Photo Plus Expo, October 25-27.

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.

October 13, Louisville, KY: MVS Available for Consultations

October 13, 2018

MVS will be available for a limited number of consultations while in Louisville, KY.

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.

October 10-12, Nashville: MVS Available for Consultations

October 10, 2018toOctober 12, 2018

MVS will be available for a limited number of consultations while in Nashville TN.

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.

October 3-6, Durham, NC: MVS Presenting in Click! Academy

October 3, 2018toOctober 6, 2018

Click! Photo Festival | Click! Academy

From Concept to Audience: The Life of a Photographic Project
October 3, 12:30–2:30 PM

As artists, when an idea for a project becomes clear and the passion to produce that new work overtakes us, we begin a journey unlike any other. By thinking about the desired audience and impact of your project at the outset, it is more likely that your efforts will exceed your expectations.
In this seminar, Mary Virginia Swanson will walk us through recommended steps to ensure that thorough research and wise decisions will lead to creating work that is authentic in its making and its presentation, and that the project has the strongest possibility of sponsorship, exhibitions and publication. RSVP required, register here.

Projects in Progress: A Group Session with Mary Virginia Swanson
October 4, 9:30–11:45 AM

Registration Fee: $65
Register here.

In this group format, 10 photographers  in succession will share their project-in-progress in print form (not digital) during a 10 – minute open discussion with MVS.  In this group format, each photographer will tell MVS briefly and succinctly

  • What the project is about.
  • Who the target audience is.
  • What the status of production is – early phase? in progress?  Nearing completion?
  • What your preferred final format is for the project (i.e. exhibition, publication, dedicated website etc.).
  • MVS will share her response to the work and ideas for moving your project forward.
  • When not presenting their work all participants are invited to observe the discussions she has with each of the with other participants.

Note: This session is limited to a total of 10 participants and is a companion to the public seminar: From Concept to Audience: The Life of a Photographic Project (above).

To Be Published or Self-Publish? Publishing Options for Artists Today
October 6, 1:00–2:00 PM

The print-on-demand revolution has opened up new publishing possibilities for artists; it has never been easier or more affordable to produce and market a book of your work. 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 approach is best for you and your work?

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. Swanson will share resources from her recent title with coauthor Darius Himes, Publish Your Photography Book (Princeton Architectural Press, Revised and updated 2015).

Panel Discussion: Photo Book Publishing
October 6, 2:00–3:00 PM

Photo Book Publishing Moderator: Mary Virginia Swanson
Panelists: Dave Wofford owner Horse & Buggy Press Alice Whiteside Head, Joseph C. Sloane Art Library University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and special guest Lisa McCarty, whose book “Transcendental Concord” was just published by Radius Books.

September 13-26th, New York City: MVS Available for Consultations

September 13, 2018toSeptember 26, 2018

MVS will be available for a limited number of consultations while in NYC. MVS will be attending Photoville and the New York Art Book Fair.

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.

August 20th – September 11, Tucson: MVS Available for Consultations

August 20, 2018toSeptember 11, 2018

MVS will be available for a limited number of consultations while back at home in Tucson, AZ.

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.

August 14-19, Minneapolis: MVS Available for Consultations

August 14, 2018 4:00 pmtoAugust 19, 2018 4:00 pm

MVS will be available for a limited number of in-person consultations in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  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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