Preparing for FotoFest Exhibit

Who knew it took such effort to put together an exhibit.

• Twelve 3' x 4' and fifteen 2' x 3' portraits and landscapes are now in the process of being printed by the brilliant Joe Aker.

• Still need to edit the kids photographs from a workshop Ben DeSoto and I gave at the Tamina Community Center to include in the exhibit.

• Postcards, notecards, and catalogs are printed and ready to distribute.

• I gave a lecture to photography students at Rice University last semester and gave a lecture to a full class this week at Lone Star College, Montgomery County campus. Thanks Rita Wiltz for helping me out!

• Press releases were sent out this week. And I've been asked for an interview with Houston Matters on NPR!

• Texas A&M Press has asked to publish the book, so I've been working feverishly to get the book complete and designed. Anyone know a history professor who might be interested in writing an essay about freedmen's town? 

• Working with Cressandra in making a Kickstarter video to help get financing for the book publication.

• Completed the new design of my website.

• Need to update my Facebook page, personal and Marti Corn Photogaphy and must send out an event invitation.

• Great Scott! Do I need to start tweeting?

• Ana has all the video files and is making a black and white silent film to run during the opening reception.

• Need to compile an email list of EVERYONE I'VE EVER MET and create an invite to the exhibit in JPEG format and get that out. 

• Lord, I hope I don't forget to get the vinyl lettering ordered.

• And the food. What should be served at the opening reception. I'm thinking Southern Tea Party with egg and chicken salad sandwiches, apple tarts, and sweet tea. Isn't there a vodka with a tea flavoring? 

• Of course, it is FotoFest. Think I'll make an appointment with Mary Virginia Swanson. And I must get my portfolio printed!

• And what happens after the exhibit? There must be a museum that would be interested in this work, right? Buffalo Soldiers Museum in Houston? Bullock Texas History Museum in Austin? Anyone have suggestions? 

• Meeting with many in hopes of finding funding. Thanks to an incredible philanthropist in The Woodlands and a dear friend of mine, who both wish to remain anonymous, the $10,000 exhibit costs are paid in full.

• The list goes on and on. 

• My favorite moments though, are visiting the people in Tamina I photographed, delivering their invitations and listening to more and more memories of this amazing town. 


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