Seeing Being Seen: A personal history of photography
BOOK IN PRODUCTION
By Michelle Dunn Marsh
7.4375 x 9.4375 inches vertical, hardcover with acetate jacket; ~52 black
and white and color photographs and 41 illustrations; 176 pages; $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, Charlie Rubin, Stephen Shore, Paul Strand, Edward Steichen, Carrie Mae Weems, Alice Wheeler, Will Wilson, and others.
Afterword by Nancy Salguero McKay, Executive Director, Highline Heritage Museum
"[Michelle Dunn Marsh] is a throwback to the days when publishers really gave a damn, and participated in the making of each book to their fullest. [She is] the best of the breed—contemporary to the core, and a dinosaur as well."
—Joan Liftin, contributor to The Unconcerned Photographer by Charles Harbutt
This memoir of Michelle Dunn Marsh’s life and work as a book designer, cultural producer, and publisher unfolds through photographs drawn from the author’s collection (featuring many prints gifted to her from projects, or obtained through trade), and notes on her formative encounters with some of American photography’s master practitioners over the last twenty-five years.
Portraits of her by Stephen Shore, Larry Fink, Sylvia Plachy, Will Wilson, and others punctuate a loosely chronological narrative exploring the author’s evolution of seeing, the influences of family, education, geographies, mentors, and photography itself on that process, and her commitment to the printed book as a vessel of future histories.
Seeing Being Seen evolved out of and expands upon an exhibition of the same name initiated by the Highline Heritage Museum, and includes a checklist of the prints and books shown there, along with an afterword by the museum director, Nancy Salguero McKay.
Co-publishers of Seeing Being Seen will also receive a workbook, Reading Photographs, introducing a step-by-step process developed by Dunn Marsh to train the brain, through the viewing of photographs, to distinguish between what we see, and how we emotionally respond to what we are seeing.
Michelle Dunn Marsh (b. 1973, Seattle) is the co-founder and publisher 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 staff 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 others. 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.