Michael profiled in the Long Beach Business Journal

The Long Beach Business Journal recently profiled (Oct 12-25 issue) twenty-four Long Beach, CA residents who are involved with the cultural arts. I was the only photographer profiled in this issue, although my profile is mixed with other visual artists; authors; musicians; poets; and even a fire dancer! Despite the many organizational efforts within the city over the years, the arts have never been quite recognized here as they are in Los Angeles even though there are a tremendous number of artists working within the city.

The profile seems a little awkwardly written to me, although one might blame a brief telephone interview and the author having no prior knowledge of the artist or their work. But I’m not complaining – most press is good press! Thank you for reading!

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Business & Marketing Books for Photographers and Artists

A number of guidebooks for photographers and artists have proved helpful in developing my art, my business, and my marketing skills. The following books grace my shelves, and having read them all cover to cover, I can attest that all contain pearls of wisdom that will help to enhance your career and help you through the common hurdles that all artists face. You’ll notice that my selections don’t deal with contracts, pricing, or negotiation. They instead focus on career and longevity: marketing; self-promotion; adversity; creativity; work ethic; and so forth.

Although listed in random order, I recommend that you begin by reading Bayles’s and Orland’s Art & Fear. Enjoy!

    David Bayles and Ted Orland: Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

    Brooks Jensen: Letting Go of the Camera: Essays on Photography and the Creative Life

    Paul Dorrell: Living the Artist’s Life

    Maria Piscopo: The Photographer’s Guide to Marketing and Self-Promotion

    Alyson B. Stanfield: I’d Rather Be in the Studio!

    Elyse Weissberg: Successful Self-Promotion for Photographers

    Cay Lang: Taking the Leap: Building a Career as a Visual Artist

    Mary Virginia Swanson: THE BUSINESS OF PHOTOGRAPHY: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES

You are visiting the blog of fine art photographer Michael E. Gordon. For additional photos and information, please visit his official website.

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