Seeing Being Seen: A Personal History of Photography by Michelle Dunn Marsh
7.4375 x 9.4375 inches vertical; 44 duotone and color plates and 41 illustrations; 176 pages; hardcover with acetate jacket. $50.00 plus shipping
With photographs by Robert Adams, Endia Beal, Paul Berger, Elinor Carucci, Catherine Chalmers, Adrain Chesser, William Christenberry, Bruce Davidson, Jeff Dunas, Larry Fink, Marina Font, David Hilliard, Lisa Kereszi, Isaac Layman, An-My Lê, Eirik Johnson and Daniel Carillo, Mary Ellen Mark, Jim Marshall, Graham Nash, Sylvia Plachy, Eugene Richards, Meghann Riepenhoff, Charlie Rubin, Stephen Shore, Jonathan David Smyth, Paul Strand, Edward Steichen, Carrie Mae Weems, Alice Wheeler, Will Wilson, and others.
Afterword by Nancy Salguero McKay, Executive Director, Highline Heritage Museum
Seeing Being Seen is a text-based memoir by a woman who, as she notes in the introduction, "began reading picture books, and ended up publishing them." Anecdotes of her professional journey are punctuated by iconic photographs—gifted to the author from projects, obtained through trade, or purchased in support of non-profit arts organisations—by some of American photography’s master practitioners.
Through a personal narrative, the book explores business practices in the visual arts, the joys and challenges of the non-profit sector, and the importance of personal relationships in finding and nurturing a profession that is also a vocation.
Michelle Dunn Marsh (b. 1973, Seattle) is the co-founder of Minor Matters Books. Since 1994 she has professionally engaged with the artform of photography through the creation of over one hundred publications, curation and placement of exhibitions, and development of numerous public programs. She has held leadership positions with Aperture Foundation (New York), Chronicle Books (San Francisco), and Photographic Center Northwest (Seattle), and consulted with the estate of legendary music photographer Jim Marshall, among other professional roles. She was a tenured professor in graphic design, and has lectured internationally on photography and visual book publishing. She holds a master’s degree in publishing from Pace University, and a bachelor’s degree from Bard College.
Nancy Salguero McKay (b. 1979, Mexico City) is the executive director of Highline Heritage Museum in Burien, Washington. She was selected as one of the most fabulous people in Washington state in 2020. McKay has taught in the Museum Studies program at the University of Washington, and has been recognized for her leadership in museum and heritage fields.