What is the ASMP Foundation?

The Foundation is a 501(c) 3 associated with the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), a trade association representing media photographers. The Foundation was established by ASMP leadership as a vehicle to support and fund educational projects and programs.

Founded by eminent Life Magazine photographers in 1944 to protect their intellectual property, ASMP remains an industry leader in elevating and advancing creators’ rights.

ASMP has nearly 4,000 members and 38 chapters across the U.S.  The chapters function as ASMP’s on-the-ground presence locally, linked to the mission of ASMP nationally and internationally.


What is the Foundation’s Mission?

The mission of the ASMP Foundation is to encourage visual literacy and recognize photography as a vital form of global communication. The foundation will pursue this mission by funding and supporting public photography exhibitions, educational events & programming, and individual photographers working on culturally important projects through financial grants.

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 ASMP, but for the last few years has been dormant due to shifts in management and focus.

How does the Foundation’s present mission relate to ASMP, the trade association?

The project of the Foundation is to extend and expand past efforts of ASMP and the Foundation, and, more particularly, to investigate and produce new avenues of support for visual creators’ practice in ways that a trade association cannot.

What has ASMP and the Foundation already accomplished?

– ASMP has produced numerous editions of a book, Professional Business Practices For Photographerssince the 1950s, the last edition being financed in part through the Foundation. In 2010, ASMP held a symposium at the TimesCenter Theatre in New York: Copyright and the New Economy: Issues & Trends Facing Visual Artists”.

In 2012, ASMP and the Foundation published TheASMP 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 TimesCenter 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.

Who is on the Foundation Board of Directors?

Richard Beckman retired in May 2018 after more than 40 years as a professor specializing in photojournalism, multimedia and visual communication. He taught for 30 years at the University of North Carolina and 10 years at the University of Miami. He held three endowed faculty appointments, won multiple teaching awards, dozens of industry awards and is an international leader in the application of digital media technologies and documentary storytelling for social change. He is also a well-published environmental photojournalist specializing in endangered species and habitats.


Keith Berr is an international advertising, commercial and fine art photographer. A graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography he has a broad client base and work style. He has been inducted into the Cleveland Advertising Associations Hall of Fame and sits on the boards for CAN Magazine and his local chapter of the ASMP. The past 3 years he was presented with National ADDY awards, for his personal project, “Save The Salt”, concerning the preservation of the Bonneville Salt Flats. Xposure International Photo Expo hired Keith in 2018 to speak and exhibit in Sharjah, in the UAE, with 32 other internationally acclaimed photographers, that have developed photo projects to help influence today’s world. He resides in his custom designed modernistic studio compound in Cleveland’s Asia town.


Reid Callanan is Founder and President of the Santa Fe Workshops, currently in its twenty-ninth year offering photography and writing workshops to the international imaging community. In addition to workshops in Santa Fe, New Mexico, there are also educational programs in Havana, Cuba and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. In 1994 Reid founded the non-profit Santa Fe Center for Photography, now known as CENTER, and is currently is Vice- President of its Board of Directors. He serves on the President’s Council of the Texas Photographic Society. Reid is a member of Rotary Clubs in Santa Fe and Portland. Maine. Reid started photographing in 1974 during a semester abroad at Richmond College in London and has been making images ever since using a variety of photographic processes including silver halide, Polaroid imagery, and now digital capture. His photographic projects include a personal diary of images called HOMESCAPES, black-and-white portraits made in Cuba and Mexico, and most recently iPhone travel images posted to Instagram (reidcallanan). His website is https://www.reidcallanan.com/


Kathryn Goldman is an intellectual property attorney who focuses her practice on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, specifically copyrights and trademarks. She represents creative professionals and their businesses in on- and offline environments. She blogs at the Creative Law Center, a legal education site that empowers creative professionals to create and promote their work with confidence. Ms. Goldman graduated from the University of Maryland, School of Law after receiving her B.A. from Towson University. She helped establish, then served as the Chair of, the Intellectual Property Section of the Maryland State Bar Association. Kathryn can be found at https://creativelawcenter.com and


Richard Koci Hernandez is an internationally recognized, award-winning innovator in multimedia and an Associate Professor of Multimedia Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley. Koci Hernandez published ”The Principles of Multimedia Journalism: Packaging Digital News” Taylor & Francis and is a national Emmy award-winning multimedia producer who worked as a visual journalist at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years.  In 2008 Koci Hernandez was invited to join the Faculty at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism as a visiting Fellow supported by a Ford Foundation grant to produce digital news sites for San Francisco Bay Area communities.


Lou Jones specializes in location photography for corporate and editorial clients like Federal Express, Nike, National Geographic, and Aetna. He has completed assignments in 50 countries, photographing royalty and the third world, the sacred and profane. With a lifelong passion for photojournalism and social documentary, Jones has worked with institutions like Amnesty International and the Massachusetts Association for the Blind, and has photographed many jazz legends like Miles Davis, 12 Olympic Games, and inmates on death row. Jones’s work is included in collections at Smithsonian Institution, Decordova Museum, Gallery Saintonge, and the Center for Fine Art Photography. His website is www.fotojones.com.


Tom Kennedy, Pro Tem  is the Executive Director of ASMP.  Tom governs all aspects of the Society’s growth, working closely with ASMP’s Board of Directors and Chapter Leadership. He represents ASMP at events throughout the country and internationally, and oversees membership, financial and legislative matters.


Andrea Ellen Reed is a multimedia artist that specializes in photography and film.  Her work is centered around the lives of Black Americans.  Reed began shooting during her undergraduate studies at Howard University.  She continued her studies at the Academy of Art University where she received her MFA in Photography. Her work illustrating the lives of Black Americans has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and has been awarded with the Tim Hetherington Visionary Award for excellence in film.


Michael Shay, Chair Pro Tem, is a Portland-based photographer and founder of Polara Studio. Ever since studying poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop Michael has loved making beautiful images, whether those images are discovered in a line of verse or a viewfinder of a camera. Michael loves shooting any “live” subject such food or people because of the challenges they represent with time, lighting and composition. He believes photography is a collaborative process and often says that it takes a village to make a photograph. His work can be found on grocery store shelves and in advertising for many national brands including Reser’s Fine Foods, Pacific Foods, and Papa Murphy’s. His people photography has appeared in catalogs and advertising for such diverse clients as Time Magazine and Norm Thompson. He is active in the local creative community, the Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and on the National Board of American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). When not shooting, Michael practices traditional Japanese karate, writes poetry, and brews his own beer, not necessarily in that order.


Dave Shelley is the Co-Founder and Creative Producer for United Photo Industries, a New York Based non-profit that works to promote a wider understanding and increased access to the art of Photography. Along with his partners, Laura Roumanos and Sam Barzilay, UPI has created Photoville, The Fence, and numerous public exhibitions for The United Nations, Instagram, Four Freedoms Park, NY Department of Parks, etc.Dave is also an Actor, Producer and Production Tour Manager. As an Associate Member of the Wooster Group Theater Company he has performed Off-Broadway and Broadway along with television and film work. In Production, he has produced and toured everything from Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Rolling Stones, The Tribeca Film Festival, World Science Festival, Vagina Monologues, Matthew Barney, and charities of The Red Cross and Tunnel 2 Towers.


Lauren Wendle is an independent business consultant and President of the Lucie Foundation (2018-Present) which strives to “honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide.”  Most recently, as Vice President and Group Publisher for Emerald Expositions, Lauren led the Photography Group comprising the largest collection of magazines, websites, and trade shows geared toward professional photography in North America. She is President of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, serves on the Eddie Adams Workshop Board, Kids Saving the Rainforest, and is a board member and volunteer running an art program for undocumented immigrant children at the Abbott House.