Using photographs from the Library of Congress Archive, Vincent will present pictures as cultural icons and how photography has shaped our culture.
Vincent Virga is the only person in New York City’s main-stream publishing history to have made a career editing, researching, designing, and captioning Trade-Book picture sections– the latest project : Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit by Chris Matthews (S&S, 2017), is #164..
Spanning over four decades, many of Virga’s books have been publishing events in their own right, such as the autobiographies of both Clintons, which is how he was dubbed: “America’s foremost picture editor” by Michael Korda, who also knighted him in print, “the Michelangelo of picture editors.” Virga has himself authored or coauthored eighteen picture books, including, with The Library of Congress, the landmark Eyes of the Nation: A Visual History of the United States, and his highly acclaimed Cartographia: Mapping Civilizations (2007), an exploration of maps as cultural documents. Vincent Virga Books, published George Haas’s Forcing Nature: The Trees of Los Angeles, which was acclaimed by Aperture magazine and the Los Angeles Times for the beauty of its photographs, its strong social & environmental message, and its innovative design. He has worked as a picture consultant on over a dozen books; and as the U.S. Representative of the Jackie Clarke Collection in Ballina, Ireland, has co-curated two exhibitions from their archive in New York City at the American Irish Historical Society.
A COMPLETE NINE-PAGE LISTING OF HIS WORK CAN BE FOUND ON HIS AUTHOR’S GUILD WEBSITE: http://www.vincentvirga.com/index.htm