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Best Practices for ArtistsThurs. Oct. 23, Lafayette Hotel, 1:30 – 2:30pm

Mark your calendar now for this free public lecture with Mary Virginia Swanson!

From the business of making images to the business of selling images, artists engage in a wide range of professional scenarios.

In this one-hour presentation, Mary Virginia Swanson will explain and demystify best practices to foster understanding, clear communication and strong relationships throughout your creative life. Participants will take away new skills, direction, and focus that will enhance their photographic practice.

Swanson’s diverse career has afforded her broad knowledge of the many and varied professional situations required for a successful professional life in the arts.  Her involvement in fine art, editorial, corporate and design markets, along with starting and heading an innovative licensing agency, makes her ideal in presenting this insightful lecture.

Guests with One DayVIP, and Festival Passes will be given seating priority at this event. Maximum number of guests is 120, based on first come, first served.

Open Portfolio Walk, Thurs. Oct. 23, Lafayette Hotel, 7-9pm

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Join participating 2014 Eye to Eye Portfolio Review photographers for a fun and informal viewing of their original prints at this FREE public event. The Open Portfolio Walk brings together curators, collectors, photographers and fans of the medium for an inspiring peek into the creative minds of dozens of participating portfolio review photographers from across the country.

Revealing the Curatorial ProcessFri. Oct. 24, Lafayette Hotel, 1:30 – 2:30pm

Mark your calendar now for this free public lecture with Chantel Paul!

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How is a museum exhibition curated?

During his one-hour presentation, Chantel Paul, Assistant Curator at the Museum of Photographic Arts, offers insight into the decisions a curator makes when choosing work for exhibition. Ms. Paul will share details of the journey from meeting artists and seeing their work to the right opportunity to present it in an exhibition.

Prior to her position with the Museum of Photographic Arts, Paul obtained a degree in photography and was a gallery director working with esteemed photographers like Jim Marshall, Autumn DeWilde, and Herman Leonard. Her experience as both a gallery director and practitioner has greatly informed her curatorial practice and her ability to understand the visual language of photography.

Guests with One DayVIP, and Festival Passes will be given seating priority at this event. Maximum number of guests is 120, based on first come, first served.

STORYTELLER book signing with Duane MichalsFri. Oct. 24, Lafayette Hotel, 8:00 – 9:00pm

Medium is proud to present the west coast premier of Duane Michals new monograph STORYTELLER. Join us for an opportunity to purchase your copy and have the legendary artist sign a personal copy to you.

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Festival reception, Fri. Oct. 24, Lafayette Hotel, 8-10pm

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What better way to welcome Duane Michals and all of the Present Tense guest lecturers than to relax with a drink on Friday night and a room full of talent? Well, we can’t think of one, which is why we’ve created this event to encourage all of you to join us. Music, drink, and photography… a better combination won’t be found this night!

Visual Narratives exhibition, Fri. Oct. 24, Lafayette Hotel, 8 – 10pm

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The exhibition, curated by scott b. davis for Hamidah Glasgow and the Center for Fine Art Photography (C4FAP) in Fort Collins, Colorado, will be shown as digital slideshow during the festival reception between the hours of 8 – 10pm. Visual Narratives, on display at C4FAP from November 7 – 29, 2014 explores the ways in which photographs have the ability to tell a story. The exhibition shares the work of over 40 photographers.

Lytro Illum WorkshopSat., Oct. 25, Lafayette Hotel, 4:30-6:30pm

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Join Lytro for an unveiling and workshop with the new Illum camera and learn more about the groundbreaking features of this new 40 megaray sensor.

Italy Workshop Information SessionSat., Oct. 25, Lafayette Hotel, 7:00-8:00pm

villaJoin James Hajicek, Carol Panaro-Smith, and scott b. davis for an enticing look at the summer 2015 workshop Platinum and Graphite, taking place in a remote Tuscan village. This is all-inclusive workshop is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn platinum printing while eating home cooked meals, traveling in ancient cities, and working with a team of talented photographers and curators!

OPEN SHOW San DiegoSat., Oct. 25, Lafayette Hotel, 8:00-9:00pm


Join four selected 2014 Portfolio Review photographers as they discuss their work in short, 20 minute presentations. The inaugural OPEN SHOW San Diego takes place in an outdoor courtyard at the Lafayette Hotel complete with a no-host bar. Join us on Saturday night to see work from tomorrow’s rising stars!

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