ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers

April 2015 Newsletter

By April 1, 2015September 28th, 2017ASMP Newsletter




Message from the Executive Director
19ddfb20-63d4-4331-9f2b-45ed326ad34bMembers often ask me for advice about how to explain their value to clients. Here’s one thought…Creativity often turns on two things. One is the ability to see clearly details others are missing. The other is to provide visual solutions that communicate so simply and elegantly that they cannot be ignored. The ability to connect with audiences through clear and powerful visual messaging is a valuable selling proposition to clients.
Tom Kennedy, ASMP Executive Director

ASMP National Board Elects New Officers
The results are in! ASMP’s new National Board officers for 2015 – 2016 are:

  • Board Chair: Jenna Close
  • Vice Chair: Luke Copping
  • Secretary: Irene Owsley
  • Treasurer: Mark Green

The new officers, along with newly elected members of the board Frank Rocco, John Welsh, andDavid Zentz will be seated at the upcoming Board Meeting in June with continuing Directors Charles Gupton, John Harrington, Charles “Stretch” Ledford, Kevin Lock, Michael Weschler, and Steve Whittaker.

ASMP Director of Communications Retires
After 11 years of dedicated service to ASMP, Peter Dyson has decided to retire. He is staying on part-time to ensure a smooth transition to our new IT Specialist, Ellen Khlystova. Ellen comes to us with over 20 years IT experience and has previously worked as a Software Engineer for Appligent and MedRisk. Ellen’s responsibilities will include updating and maintaining ASMP’s member database and website, developing new technological functionalities as needed, and providing technical support to chapter Webmasters.

ASMP’s Best of 2015 Call for Submissions
4dd3d742-0ffb-48bc-a9cf-b0aa1fa4d59fASMP’s all digital Winter Bulletin features interactive content and hotlinks including a recent video clip with Cover Artist Jay Maisel and multimedia pieces illustrating our feature article, Learning How to Pivot, covering how to channel resiliency and find opportunities in change. You’ll also find: an excerpt fromLarry Fink’s book On Composition and Improvisation, advice about Growing Your Audience from Photoshelter’s Andrew Fingerman, Extraordinary MemberMary Virginia Swanson and Member Spotlights from Ron Sherman and Mick Rock. Download the FREE Bulletin App from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, or the App Store on your iOS device. Read it online here.

U.S. Copyright Office Notice of Inquiry
On April 24, 2015 the U.S. Copyright Office issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) to review “ how certain visual works, particularly photographs, graphic artworks, and illustrations are monetized, enforced and registered under the Copyright Act.” Representatives of both Congress and the Copyright Office have made it clear that the needs of independent creators including photographers, illustrators and graphic artists can only be considered if we, as a group, clearly and consistently articulate our concerns and desired outcomes. To that end, ASMP is working with a coalition of organizations representing independent creators to draft a joint response. Learn more at here. Help us help you by responding to our Call to Action below.

Make a Difference
ASMP is hard at work defending your interests on the global stage. From states trying to expand Right of Publicity laws to the first major reform of the Copyright Act since 1976, ASMP is on your side, fighting to protect and promote your interests. But, we can’t do it without you! If you haven’t yet joined ASMP or if your membership is up for renewal, don’t delay. Visit ASMP here today and support the association that’s supporting you!



  • On March 28, the Arkansas legislature passed Senate Bill 79, a Right of Publicity law that would have resulted in countless lawsuits against photographers. ASMP along with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA), National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA) registered our objections. On March 31, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson vetoed the Bill. A second effort, SB 965 launched April 2, failed and the Arkansas legislature will not be considering another Right of Publicity bill for at least two years. Our thanks to the many ASMP members who responded to our call to action with an effective letter writing campaign! For more details, visit sb79.
  • ASMP is also working with MPAA, DMLA and NPPA in opposition to a proposed Right of Publicity bill in Alabama. We will be monitoring the progress of this bill and continue to participate in efforts to block provisions that are harmful to photographers.
  • ASMP joined a coalition of news media organizations in submitting comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) request for public comment on Privacy, Transparency, and Accountability Regarding Commercial and Private Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). We thank the many members who participated in NPPA’s survey in support of this effort. Read the Coalition’s submission at
  • Proposed FAA regulations governing the use of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) are available for review and public comment through April 24, 2015. ASMP is working with a coalition of news media organizations to submit a joint letter outlining the concerns of professional photographers. Members wishing to comment directly to the FAA will find the proposed regulations and instructions for submitting comments at For background information and key points of concern for photographers, visit UAS.
  • On April 15, the European Commission issued a Statement of Objections against Google alleging that Google has abused its dominant position by systematically favoring its own services within search results pages in violation of EU antitrust rules. While this action does not directly impact photographers, in Memo 15-4781 the Commission clarifies that this action is without prejudice to any of its other ongoing formal antitrust investigations of Google including concerns regarding the copying images and other third-party content. The ASMP will continue to monitor this action. Learn more here.




From Personal Project to Platform: The story behind Fearless Genius
with Doug Menuez
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
For 15 years, Award-winning documentary photographer Doug Menuez was given exclusive behind-the-scenes access to document Steve Jobs and the greatest innovators of the digital revolution as they invented the technology that changed our world. Doug shares images from Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985 – 2000 while discussing his vision, strategies, experiences and challenges working with sponsors and partners to turn his eyewitness story into a cross-media platform, which includes a documentary, TV series, web destination, traveling exhibits and education programs to inspire the next generation of innovators.

Save the date – Estimating & Pricing Webinar
On Wednesday, May 27 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm eastern, Business as unUsual will feature Agency Access consultant Lynn Kyle, who will help you understand how to ask the right questions, come up with the right numbers and build lasting relationships as you navigate the maze of pricing and estimating. Don’t miss Estimating with Confidence.

Questions with a Pro
What do Joe McNally, Francesco Tonelli, Amanda Mustard, David Burnett, and Heather Elderall have in common? They’ve all agreed to be part of ASMP’s new Questions with a Pro series. Check out ASMP’s Facebook page and Twitter feed to find your favorite pros answering 2-4 questions on business, creativity, marketing, technique and more. #questionswithapro. Got questions you’d like to ask or a Pro you’d like us to feature? Send your ideas to

ASMP Webinar Recordings
6e52b7fc-8efb-416a-a61d-4e6de100588bDid you miss catching Walt Jones talking about growing your business using CGI last month? Or Jennifer Kilberg & Amanda Sosa Stone on developing your visual brand? ASMP members can access these and countless more recorded webinars on demand or as downloadable MP4 files. Visit ASMP Webinars for a complete listing of available programs.



6626dcdd-a9a3-4595-9c87-e326c73cc3abFor nearly 50 years, Richard Avedon‘s striking fashion photography and minimalist, emotion-filled portraiture broke boundaries and helped define Americans’ perceptions of beauty, politics, and power. Philadelphia’s National Museum of American Jewish History is the only U.S. venue to host the series of four portrait murals inspired by the revolutionary atmosphere of the 1960s and early 1970s, and a series of 69 portraits entitled The Family, originally published in Rolling Stone magazine on the eve of the 1976 election that are featured in this traveling exhibit. Avedon was a member of ASMP from 1949 until his death in 2004. The NMAJH exhibit will run through August 2, 2015. Learn more at

c500cd71-adb2-411b-aa82-fcf835174bbbASMP New York‘s new photo Annual features over 80 stunning images from chapter members including cover artist Henry Leutwyler, Albert Watson,Stephen Wilkes, Guy Aroch, Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin,Eric Meola, Barbara Bordnick, Cosimo and more! The collection was curated by Julie Grahame and designed by Elias Barere with printing courtesy of Xerox. Chapter members Jan Klier, Frank Rocco, Michael Weschler and Salem Krieger are acknowledged as the driving forces behind the Annual. Two hundred printed copies were hand delivered to New York photo buyers. An online version can be viewed here.

1e100882-5a9d-4ff3-a88d-e6aa77cf9fef“Shoot, shoot and then shoot some more. Shoot through all the mental roadblocks, all the technical stumbles and all the insecurities. It’s the only way you can get proficient at your craft,” says ASMP’s Best of 2014 honoree Brain Kaldorf who carefully crafts his complex photo illustrations from components that he photographs separately while sculpting highlights and shadows with lighting. Each concept is sketched out in advance and meticulously assembled into a composite to match his initial vision for the piece. See more work and read the full interview here.

8ef38bce-fe72-4956-ae91-0a2d1c8b7a3fASMP’s Best of 2014 honoree Bruce Katz did double duty during a recent assignment for a small New York advertising agency. While hired to shoot beautiful color sunset and twilight views of Manhattan for the end client’s print and Web campaigns, Katz also rendered the city in his own personal terms – with a nod to classic black-and-white photographs of the ’40s and ’50s. “The ultimate goal is to create great images that give the viewers a sense of the space that illuminates the designer’s work and philosophy,” says Katz. Click here to see more work and read the full interview.

Promote Your Work through ASMP!
c01dfa65-e396-4380-a5ec-5d2bf5e15551 (1)Has your work recently been published in a book? Featured in an exhibit? Won an Award? Or garnered press coverage? ASMP regularly showcases member accomplishments on our Facebook page, Twitter feed and in this eNewsletter, which goes to tens of thousands of subscribers. To submit projects for consideration, please review our submission guidelines then send a brief description with url for appropriate projects to



Get the Best Discount Available
ad3c43b6-5b35-4075-99d5-81d9533e8d02Palm Springs Photo Festival
April 26 – May 1
ASMP Members enjoy the best discount available on the Palm Springs Photo Festival! Save 10% on all fees for reviews, workshops, daily registration and more. Spend three exhilarating days with Mark Seliger, Dan Winters, Frank Ockenfels III, Jock Sturges, Ron Havivand other celebrated master photographers. Present your portfolio to some of the most sought-after ad agencies, magazines, galleries and more. ASMP members, click here to get your 10% discount.

Save 25% on the LDV Vision Summit
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SVA Theatre, NYC
Discount ends April 30!
The LDV Vision Summit features over 70 international expert speakers in 40 informative sessions focused on innovation and trends in video and digital imaging. ASMP members save 25% on Early Bird tickets purchased by April 30, 2015 – that’s over $150 off the already discounted early bird price. Only 20 tickets are available at this price, so don’t delay!

Hone Your Audio Skills & Save $20
baa1a458-54a8-4b1c-97ae-a394b2e737b0Get a solid foundation in working with audio for video, film and multimedia projects. From recording and editing sound to special effects, music tracks, and mixing, the MZed Sound Advice Tour with Oscar and Emmy winning Supervising Sound Editor/Designer Frank Serafine has you covered. Get your discount here.

PixOasis discount raised to 15%
2c2dd6c7-5f74-43fe-bdc8-97029ebaf314PixOasis, the easy-to-use image delivery platform designed by photographers for photographers, has recently re-launched with a new design, faster uploads, new features and lower prices. It’s super easy to use. You deliver your low-res proofs and your high-res hero images in a clean gallery format, branded with your logo. Clients don’t have to struggle with clumsy logins and passwords just to view, edit or download your images. ASMP members now save 15% (up from the previous 10% discount). Click here to get your discount.

ASMP members save on a wide range of valuable goods and services for still and motion photographers. Visit ASMP Benefits to see all the ways ASMP membership saves you money! Not a member? Visit ASMP here to start saving today.



  • On April 23, ASMP Executive Director Tom Kennedy and General Counsel Vic Perlman will meet in Washington, D.C. with key Congressional staffers including Joe Keeley, Chief Counsel on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet of the House Judiciary Committee, regarding U.S. Copyright Act reform measures.
  • On April 30, Kennedy will represent ASMP at the World Intellectual Property Day Forum sponsored by the Institute for Policy Innovation in Washington, D.C.
  • Earlier this month, ASMP National Board Chair Gail Mooney represented ASMP at the National Association of Broadcasters conference and SuperMeet in Las Vegas.



W. Eugene Smith Grant accepting applications thru May 31
The 2015 W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography is open for entries. This grant is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project follows the tradition ofW. Eugene Smith‘s concerned photography and dedicated compassion exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist. The $30,000 grant is one of the largest grants for photojournalism in the world. Entries are due by May 31, 2015. Those interested in applying for the grant can learn more by visiting

Eddie Adams Workshop accepting applications thru May 29
The Eddie Adams Workshop is an intense four-day gathering of the top photography professionals, along with 100 carefully selected students and professionals with less than 3 years of experience. The photography workshop is tuition-free, and the 100 attendees are chosen based on the merit of their portfolios. Applications are due by May 29 for the October workshop. Learn more at

AI-AP Latin America Annual competition deadline May 25
American Illustration-American Photography (AI-AP) announces its 4th annual competition to honor the best work being created today in Latin America. Latin American Fotografía and Ilustración 4 (LAF-LAI) will be judged by an international jury of top creatives who commission illustration and photography. Anyone who has shot a campaign, project or personal work in Latin America is eligible. Deadline May 25th, 2015. Learn more at


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