The American Society of Media Photographers is very proud to release ASMP’s Health + Safety Guide for COVID-19: A Protocol for Visual Creators.
Months in the making, this guide was created by ASMP in collaboration with Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel and his team of medical and infectious disease experts. On this page, you can download the guide, view a few clips of Dr. Zeke answering questions, and view our upcoming webinars and events. As the weeks progress, we will be adding resources, videos, and more. Of course, ASMP members have access to more content and more information on how to go back to work and do it safely.
Be sure to bookmark this page for all the updates, and send us your questions. Dr. Zeke and his team will answer them in future videos and versions of the protocol. Thank you for trusting ASMP to help guide you through this time.

Download Guide

The ASMP Health + Safety Guide contains six chapters about topics ranging from evaluating risk to cleaning and disinfecting, along with a list of current resources to assist you in decision-making related to COVID-19 exposure and returning to work.

This guide will continue to be updated to ensure that you have access to current, relevant information to make those informed decisions.

Click on the appropriate button below to download the current pdf version of the guide.

Q&A with Dr. Emanuel

Town Hall

Friday, August 14 – Video posted

ASMP hosted two of the principal authors of the Guide, Dr. Saskia Popescu and Dr. James Phillips. View the discussion and live Q&A with ASMP General Counsel Thomas Maddrey as they provide the latest best practices in mitigating risk during the pandemic.


Meet Our Experts

Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel
MD, Ph.D.

Ezekiel J. Emanuel is the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and Co-Director of the Healthcare Transformation Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the Special Advisory to the Director General of the World Health Organization. He is on leave for 2019-2020 from being the Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Read More


Dr. James P. Phillips

Dr. James Phillips, MD is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician working in Washington, DC and Bethesda, MD and a CNN Medical Analyst. His specialties are disaster and operational medicine, medical counterterrorism, and healthcare workplace violence. He has performed extensive international medical work in austere environments including Iraq, Ukraine, and Nepal, and is an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Medical Director. Read More


Dr. Saskia Popescu

Saskia v. Popescu is an infectious disease epidemiologist and infection preventionist with a focus on hospital biopreparedness and the role of infection prevention in health security efforts. Dr. Popescu is an expert in healthcare biopreparedness and is nationally recognized for her work in infection prevention and enhancing hospital response to infectious diseases events. Read More

Special Thanks

While dozens of people have been involved in providing feedback and guidance in the creation of this Guide, particular thanks goes to the following people and organizations.

Thomas Kennedy, Former Executive Director, ASMP
Thomas Maddrey + Maddrey PLLC, General Counsel, ASMP
Alexandra Kennedy, Editor
Betsy Davison + Space for Arts
Jamey Stillings, Photographer

The ASMP National Board

Marianne Lee, Michael Shay, Gabriella Marks, Felicia Perretti, Rana Faure, Kevin Brusie, Nicholas Freeman, Michael Hart, Frank Rocco, Thomas Donley, Leah Nash, Amy Tierney, Stretch Ledford (Ex-Officio)

Call to Action

ASMP’s Health + Safety Guide for COVID-19: A Protocol for Visual Creators is available to anyone in the industry to download. But ASMP get so much more. In additon to resources, FAQ’s, videos, and updates, ASMP members will have exclusive access to ASMP’s Legal + Business Guide for COVID-19 which will be launching in Late August. That program will also include forms, contracts, and more. If you have been on the fence about joining ASMP, now is the time.


Submit Questions and Suggestions

If you have health or safety questions, or would like to submit suggestions about what ASMP could be providing members to assist with health and safety procedures for conducting business during this pandemic, please click on the button below to be taken to form.