Photo courtesy ASMP member David Hume Kennerly







What is the history of the Foundation?

The Foundation has been in existence for several decades, and for many years provided a focus and acted as a fiduciary for a wide variety of projects undertaken by the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).

What has the ASMP Foundation already accomplished?

– In 2012, ASMP and the Foundation published The ASMP Guide To New Markets In Photography, a series of essays and interviews about the continuing evolution of the photographic arts and professional environments whose publication was linked to a second symposium held at the Times Center Theatre, documented by video and available to members and the general public. Both books remain in print, used by educators as textbooks and by professionals for their careers.

– For many years, the Foundation provided financial support for members and local chapters’ endeavors involving education and events of all kinds.

– The Foundation has provided support for international efforts to regularize and collaborate with other organizations to protect the interests of creators.

– Organizations that have received funds include The Aperture Foundation, The Eddie Adams Workshops, Farnsworth Museum Arnold Newman Prize, Fotoweek DC, George Eastman House Photography Conservation Program, Gordon Parks Foundation, Palm Springs Photo Festival, Picture Licensing Universal System (PLUS), Sutha (website development), and the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund.

– The Foundation provided support for Chapter programming, including lectures and workshops on photography business best practices, women in photography, marketing, transitioning to video, school visits, and photojournalism.

Strictly Business Conferencesand 3.  In 2008 and 2011, these two-day conferences took place in four cities across the country, open to the general public.  The conferences included numerous keynotes, seminars, lectures, and hands-on-workshops focused on photographic business practices, ethics, self-care, the future of digital media, and how to maintain professional growth in changing environments.

– The Foundation developed, maintains, and helped fund a website at the request of the Library of Congress, dpBestflow.org, (Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow) for the purpose of helping the LOC maintain high quality in the digital assets it receives.  There are no charges to use the website, which does not require registration; it is available to all.

– The Foundation was the major founding sponsor of The Young Photographers Alliance (YPA), an organization placing emerging photographers across the country with in-person mentors over the course of several months for intensive career development.

See the complete list of ASMP Foundation Board of Directors.

Support the Foundation

The ASMP Foundation encourages and gratefully receives donations from individuals, corporations, and other organizations. By giving to the ASMP Foundation or by naming it in your will, you can help improve the art, craft and profession of photography in real and enduring ways.