FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

Expanding Opportunities for Artists and Photographers in the New Millennium

Presented by Stephen Mayes, CEO, VII Photo Agency

10:00am – 1pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Downtown
400 Dallas Street, Houston, TX 77002

Registration Fee: $75

Discounted Registration Fee: $50
(For FotoFest Meeting Place Registrants, FotoFest Exhibiting Artists, Students and Houston Center for Photography members)

Please contact Sarah Craig, FotoFest Workshops Coordinator, at or 713-223-5522 ext. 13 to receive the discounted registration.  


A FotoFest 2012 Educational Seminar

Stephen Mayes has managed the work and careers of top-level photographers and artists in the diverse areas of art, fashion, photojournalism and commercial photography. His career has embraced creative management and critical intervention, business innovation and technological initiatives.

 In this three-hour workshop, Stephen explores how artists and photographers can harness the changing technologies and attitudes of the 21st Century to promote their artistic practices.

 Drawing on his experience at the top levels of photography working with the Starn Brothers, Richard Misrach, Nan Goldin and others, Stephen takes the best of what he has learned to create a new outlook that will enable you to use your work in many different platforms and expand your business approach.

 Stephen will talk about new perspectives on creative business including the benefits of redefining your “product”, marketing yourself and developing new forms of partnership.  He will offer practical advice and touch upon real-world examples of intellectual property in the digital era and how it applies to social-media and trans-media, and a fresh look at self-publishing on conventional and new media platforms. You will see the world differently.


About the Presenter:

Stephen Mayes has written, lectured and broadcast extensively on the ethics and realities of photographic practice. During his time as Creative Director of he worked with artists such as Damien Hirst, Ed Ruscha, Richard Misrach and others.  He subsequently worked as Director of the Image Archive with Art + Commerce in New York representing work by Steven Meisel, David LaChapelle, Robert Mapplethorpe and more.  He spent several years as Group Creative Director and SVP with Getty Images, and 3 years as CEO of Photonica America, a division of Amana the Japanese photo agency. He currently lives in New York where he works as CEO of VII Photo Agency, a co-operative of world-leading photojournalists, and he maintains his annual assignment as co-Secretary to the World Press Photo competition in Amsterdam.

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