Mary Virginia Swanson

Mary Virginia Swanson, Executive Director of the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, is an author and educator dedicated to helping artists find the strengths in their work, identify appreciative audiences, and present their work in an informed, professional manner. Her seminars and lectures on marketing opportunities have proven to aid photographers in moving their careers to the next level.

She is the recipient of the 2015 Honored Educator award from the Society for Photographic Education, the 2014 Susan Carr Award for Education from the American Society for Media Photographers (ASMP), and the 2013 Lifetime Achievement FOCUS Award from the Griffin Museum of Photograph. She co-authored with Darius Himes the acclaimed Publish Your Photography Book: Revised & Updated and her current book project is Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs. This is Mary Virginia’s 15th year teaching for The Workshops. Her website is