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30 Year Anniversary Book Fair

SVA MFA Photography, Video, and Related Media welcomes the public to a community celebration of 30 years of photographic practice and the art of book making with our highly anticipated 30 Year Anniversary Book Fair. Featuring the work of Alumni, Faculty, Students, and close department friends, MFA Photo/Video is holding a 3 day event, inviting visitors to explore a history of published works on display and for sale, accompanied by a series of panel discussions. In addition, MFA Photo, Video, and Related Media is thrilled to announce, in collaboration with the Brooklyn Rail, the 2018 Crossed Purposes Writing Grant winner, Nora Khan, who will give a presentation of her award winning writing and research on the analysis of machine learning and photographic imagery. Each element of the fair exemplifies the history of higher education, fine art photography, and the exciting future of the artist book.

April 11, 2019 6:30pm-9pm Book Fair reception and panel with Jeremy Haik- The department welcomes the public to view our collection of participating photographic book makers, as we kick off the fair with a featured panel discussion organized by alumni and faculty member, Jeremy Haik ‘12, with long time faculty Marvin Heiferman on his new book, Seeing Science, alumni Sarah Palmer ‘08 and Magali Duzant of Conveyor Arts,. Refreshments will be provided. Panel to begin at 6:30PM

April 12, 2019 1-6pm Open Book Fair Hours and panel with Marc Joseph Berg- The department welcomes the public to view our collection of participating photographic book makers as well as a panel discussion lead by esteemed book maker, Marc Joseph Berg at 1:30PM in which he investigates the process of publishing and distribution with some of the most renowned independent publishers in the business. **

April 13, 2019 1-6pm Open Viewing Hours and Crossed Purposes Grant Winner, Nora Khan. The publication, Seeing, Naming, and Knowing, by Nora Khan marks the first annual award for critical writing to encourage new perspectives on photography and its extended practice. The author’s topic was nominated by a distinguished international group of fourteen writers, curators, and educators, and the author was given twelve months to produce her essay. Nora Khan will give a public lecture on machine learning and the interpretation of photographic imagery on Saturday April 13th at 1PM.

Bios: Marking its 30th anniversary, the MFA Photography, Video, and Related Media Department at SVA founded by Charles H. Traub, has led the field in the expansion of the lens and screen arts and its intellectual, critical, and practical support of new technologies.

School of Visual Arts School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprising 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For information about the College’s 32 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit

Charles H. Traub is the founder and Chair of the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media program at the School of Visual Arts, and President of the Aaron Siskind Foundation for the support of creative photography. Traub is a former Chair of the Photography Department at Columbia College Chicago, where he organized the Chicago Center for Contemporary Photography, the predecessor to the Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Marc Joseph Berg is a visual artist, teacher, and art book editor. His artwork includes drawings, objects, paintings, photographs, and videos (he is currently at work on a sound-based project). Two monographs of his photographs, New and Used (2006) and American Pitbull (2003) were published by Steidl, and his work has been featured in select exhibitions in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College (2013).

Jeremy Haik received his MFA in Photography from The School of Visual Arts in 2012 and BA degrees in Studio Art (2007) and English Literature (2003) from the University of Maryland. His work has been exhibited at White Box Gallery, Visual Arts Gallery NY, Transformer Gallery, Civilian Art Projects, and Conveyor Arts among others. He currently writes for Conveyor magazine in Jersey City, NJ and is an Adjunct Professor in Photography and Video at Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and at Ramapo College.

Marvin Heiferman organized over 100 curatorial projects about photography and visual culture for institutions that include the Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian Institution, International Center of Photography, P. S. 1 Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Author of fifteen books, Heiferman regularly contribtues essays and articles to museum catalogs, artist monographs, magazines, and blogs, including The New York Times, Art in America, Design Observer, Gagosian Quarterly, and Aperture.

Nora Khan is a writer. She writes criticism on emerging issues within digital visual culture, experimental art and music practices, and philosophy of emerging technology. She is a professor at RISD, Digital and Media, where she teaches graduate students four courses: critical theory and artistic research, critical writing, both for artists and designers, and history of digital media. She is a longtime editor at Rhizome, and is currently editor of Prototype, the book of Google’s Artist and Machine Intelligence Group forthcoming in 2019.

Khan’s writing practice extends to a large range of collaborations, which include shows, performances, and exhibition essays, scripts, and sometimes, librettos. Last year, she collaborated with Sondra Perry, Caitlin Cherry, and American Artist to create A Wild Ass Beyond: ApocalypseRN at Performance Space, New York. She has contributed essays and fiction to exhibitions held at Serpentine Galleries, Chisenhale Gallery, and the Venice Biennale, within books published by Koenig Press, Sternberg Press and Mousse. Her writing has been supported by many awards over the last decade, including, most recently, a Critical Writing Grant given through the Visual Arts Foundation and the Crossed Purposes Foundation (2018), an Eyebeam Research Residency (2017), and a Thoma Foundation 2016 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art for an emerging arts writer. She consistently publishes criticism in places like 4Columns, Art in America, Flash Art, Mousse, California Sunday, Spike Art, The Village Voice, and Rhizome. Last year, she wrote a small book with Steven Warwick, Fear Indexing the X-Files, published by Primary Information.

Crossed Purposes Foundation, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit foundation dedicated to educational and cultural service in the visual arts. Its broad goal is to expand public dialogue about issues in the history and criticism of photography and the role of socially and politically engaged art in the world at large.

The Brooklyn Rail was founded in October 2000 and currently published 10 times annually, The Brooklyn Rail provides an independent forum for arts, culture and politics throughout New York City and far beyond. The Brooklyn Rail, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, distributes its journal free of charge around New York City, and ships to a growing list of national and international subscribers. Visual Arts Foundation The mission of the Visual Arts Foundation is to advance the arts as both individual vocation and social force. The Foundation supports emerging artists and broadens audiences for their work, fosters a climate that values and seeks understanding of the arts, and increases visual literacy and appreciation for “the artist’s life.” The Visual Arts Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Sponsored by ADORAMA

For inquiries about participation in the 30th Anniversary Book Fair, please email Liz Zito, Coordinator of Special Projects at or and we will send along information about the registration process.

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Earlier Event: March 22
2019 Spring Salon