“To find your calling is a gift. A purpose provides the drive to pursue
excellence along with an unwavering belief that your work is of value.
When you can take this resolve and turn it into a vocation you achieve
a rare and extraordinary feat.”
~ Susan Carr, “The Art and Business of Photography”
Sadly, Susan Carr, photographer, educator, writer and artist, passed away on September 3, 2012 at age 49. She had fought hard in her battle with cancer and carried on as ASMP’s Education Director until the very end. Susan found great personal fulfillment in the many facets of her work and she touched thousands of lives as she grew professionally and achieved notable success. ASMP has established The Susan Carr Educators Award to be presented in the Spring of 2013 and annually thereafter.
“I had the pleasure of knowing Susan Carr as a photographer colleague, a board member, a staff member – and as a friend. It was through her tireless efforts as Education Director that ASMP has become a leader in educating imaging professionals; we are in her eternal debt. She had great vision as a photographer, and personally she was sharp, she was sassy, and she gave 200%. I will miss her.” ~ Eugene Mopsik
There is almost nothing that ASMP has worked on or accomplished since Susan joined the board in 2001 that did not benefit from her insights, vision, strategic problem solving and innate sense of what’s best for photographers and the Society. A past president of ASMP, Susan has long been dedicated to the advocacy and education of fellow photographers. Among her many ASMP accomplishments, Susan organized and managed the highly successful ASMP Strictly Business conferences, and was editor of the ASMP Professional Business Practices in Photography, Seventh Edition (2008) and The ASMP Guide to New Markets in Photography, available September 27, 2012.
“With Susan’s passing ASMP has lost one of its most ardent advocates and I have lost a dear friend. She was a tireless champion of the Society, a passionate educator, and a wonderfully warm and caring human being. It would be easy to say that the Society will miss her — her mark is everywhere, from our educational programing to our advocacy efforts and to the culture of the boardroom — but those of us who knew her well know that the personal loss will be far more lasting.” ~ Shawn G. Henry
In 2003, Susan launched the ASMP Seminars traveling programs and, working closely with speakers, she established ASMP’s reputation for providing solid, real-world, timely information through lively in-person programming. A gifted speaker, Susan developed and delivered many seminars on copyright, pricing, licensing and releases. Susan provided vision and editorial input to ASMP’s esteemed online business tutorials and served as principal author of ASMP’s Licensing Guide. As founder and editor of ASMP’s Strictly Business blog and ASMP News, the monthly newsletter for members, Susan solidified ASMP’s leadership in the provision of industry news, insight and analysis.
“Susan’s true purpose was her art, but she also spent much of her time helping other artists
so they could do their creative work in a sustainable way. Her absence leaves a great void.”
~ Richard Dale Kelly
Most recently, Susan made her home in Chicago. She was a Principal in Carr Cialdella Photography, a professional photography studio specializing in architectural photography. Her photographs are included in corporate and private collections, including the Pfizer Corporation and the Museum of Contemporary Photography. She received many honors and awards, including the 2007 United Nations International Photographic Council Leadership Award. She authored the book, The Art and Business of Photography, released in 2011. She served on the executive board for the Young Photographers Alliance where she wrote and ratified their current strategic plan. Susan graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Photography, with honors, in 1985.
“A true artist and consummate professional, Susan brought a virtuoso’s passion, vision, intensity and single-minded purpose to everything she touched. With grace, humor and an incisive mind that could slice to the heart of the matter in seconds, Susan was an extraordinary leader, mentor, guide and, above all, friend.” ~ Judy Herrmann
A Memorial Service to honor Susan will be held at the Graceland Cemetary Chapel in Chicago on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm. Please join us after the service to celebrate Susan’s life and view an exhibition of her work from 3:00 till 7:00 at The Grillo Group, 714 South Dearborn #3, Chicago IL 60605.
If you are unable to attend, we invite you to write a story or thought about Susan on a 4 x 6 card and send it to Maria Grillo at the address above. We plan to pin up all cards we receive to share with those in attendance at the celebration.
We invite you to share your thoughts and stories about Susan as comments on this post.
[Editor's Note: Susan's dedication to her work as an educator and advocate came second only to the pursuit of her art. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to support the publication of a book Susan was working on featuring images from her Intimate Histories project. To receive notice when the contribution site has been set up, please provide your name and email address here. The contact information you provide will be used solely for this purpose and will not be shared beyond the ASMP.]
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