Industry insiders to share photography expertise, insights

  • Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Charleston Center for Photography will host some of the photographic industry’s best as they share their experiences and professional insight.

“A Career with your Camera” will feature five professional photographers from Charleston and elsewhere. They will talk about their work beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Bond Hall Room 165 at The Citadel. The event is free and open to the public. The panelists are:

Squire Fox graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in photography. He moved to New York City in 1993, assisting Bruce Weber, George Holz, Gilles Bensimon, and Mary Ellen Mark. Fox has developed an impressive client base that includes “Vanity Fair,” “UK Condé Nast Traveler,” “Travel & Leisure,” Target, Converse, Johnston & Murphy, “Garden & Gun” and W. W. Norton & Co., recently adding motion to his award winning portfolio. Fox is represented by Tricia Joyce, and travels between New York City and Charleston.

Rebekah Jacob is an expert in the diverse art and photography of the American South. She opened Rebekah Jacob Gallery in Charleston in 2008, moving to its Upper King Street location in 2012. Her gallery’s principal focus is the representation of an international group of contemporary artists whose diverse practices include painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography and video. RJG Clients include private collectors and public collections, corporate art consultants and interior designers.

Maggie Kennedy is the photography director of “Garden & Gun” magazine. Since the premiere issue in 2007, she has helped shape the visual identity of the G&G brand. Kennedy previously worked as a creative director and producer of commercial photography in San Francisco and New York. Her work has been recognized with a National Magazine Award in General Excellence by the American Society of Magazine Editors in 2011, the Society of Publication Designers and Photo District News.

Mark Sloan has been the director and senior curator of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston since 1994. He has curated dozens of exhibitions featuring contemporary photographers. His own photographic works have been exhibited and published internationally. Sloan coauthored the book “Rarest of the Rare: Stories behind the Treasures at the Harvard Museum of Natural History” with Nancy Pick in 2004.

Mary Virginia Swanson is an educator, an author and consultant who helps artists find the strengths in their work, identify appreciative audiences and present their work in an informed, professional manner. Her advice on marketing opportunities has proven to aid photographers in moving their careers to the next level. Swanson coauthored “Publish Your Photography Book” with Darius Himes; her forthcoming title “Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs” will be released in 2013.

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