Wednesday, December 1, 2010

TONIGHT: "Publish Your Photography Book" and "Recollection" at the NYPL

In case you didn't know or aren't planning to attend, TONIGHT is a great night to get over to the NYPL for the "Publish Your Photography Book" event and talk with Darius Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson.  I'm really looking forward to their talk and reconnecting with them both tonight and running into others who I know are planning to be there.  They're both such great resources and passionate about what they do within the photography and publishing worlds, it's hard not to walk away without inspiration.

FREE - Doors open at 5:30pm - Starts at 6pm

Margaret Liebman Berger Forum
Room 227 (2nd Floor)
NYPL - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 Fifth Avenue (5th Avenue and 42nd Street)

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


Recollection: Thirty Years of Photography at The New York Public Library

If you haven’t had a chance to get over to see the current photography exhibition, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Photography Collection at the NYPL, I highly recommend taking some time to stop in and see it (before it closes on Jan. 2).  Curated by Stephen C. Pinson, the exhibition includes photographs by over 90 arists, including Berenice Abbott, Vito Acconci, Amy Arbus, Eugène Atget, Richard Avedon, Margaret Bourke-White, Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robin Bowman, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lewis Wickes Hine, André Kertész, William Klein, Joel Meyerowitz, Lisette Model, Irving Penn, August Sander, Cindy Sherman, Stephen Shore, and William Wegman.

I had the chance to see all of these beautiful vintage and contemporary prints before we digitized them and before they all went off to be framed for the exhibition.  Needless to say, it's moments like these where I'm extremely thankful to have the opportunity (as Head Photographer here at the NYPL) to experience these images in such an up close and personal way!

(Images above by: Russell Lee, Hans Namuth, and Eugène Atget)

Take a look at the short promo film below...

Many familiar photographers and their images where chosen to represent the “Recollection: Thirty Years of Photography at The New York Public Library”.  During a recent interview at the exhibition, with Amy Arbus and her former subject, Ann Magnuson, Arbus points out her observation that “…the amazing thing about Stephen Pinson, who curated the show, is that he picks iconic pictures from some people and then completely like an image that you’ve never seen from other people”.

Read more about the exhibition here and read about “A Brief History of the Collection” (which today currently consists of approximately 500,000 photographs by 6,000 photographers!) here.

In Stephen C. Pinson’s, “A Note from the Curator”, he describes how the exhibition drew from the 1981 exhibition, which celebrated the debut of the NYPL’s new photography division, and continues on about how photography, as a respected art form, was beginning to come into its own at this time.

“Recollection, then, is not only an attempt to show another, perhaps less well-known side of the Photography Collection, but is meant also as an homage to the first crucial recollection, as it were, of photographs at the Library thirty years ago. I have gathered together these photographs under the broad subject of portraiture in order to celebrate their diverse origins, as well as their shared destiny. This destiny has more to do with photography itself than with how, or where, such images are cataloged or described, which is increasingly true in the age of digital access. I think Cartier-Bresson had something close to this shared destiny in mind when he described portraits as “visual reverberations.” Photographs remind us and make us remember. Photographs recall things, and recall one another. Photographs are collected, scattered, and recollected again.”

Read the rest of “A Note from the Curator” here 

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