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February 2013 Newsletter

By February 1, 2013September 2nd, 2016ASMP Newsletter



There’s Still Time to Stay Connected
trending-now02If you haven’t renewed your ASMP membership already – re-up before February 22 and you’ll be eligible to be part of a drawing for a Fuji X 10 camera! Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity! (Don’t worry – if you’ve already renewed your membership, you’ll be included.)  2013 brings you more reasons than ever to stay connected to ASMP with member-only resources, benefits and programming you can’t get anywhere else. You also have the option to select a monthly payment plan or a one-time payment. So don’t wait – last call! Renew online here!

Read Board Candidate Q&A’s
The 11 candidates who have declared their intention to run for the 5 available seats on the ASMP National Board of Directors have responded to a set of questions posed by voting members. The answers give the candidates’ positions on important topics and issues. Read the Q&A’s  here. And, if you are a General or Life Member, plan to vote between February 15 and March 15!

ASMP Supports Lange-Taylor Prize
ASMP is Sustaining Sponsor of the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies’ Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize. The prize supports documentary artists-working alone or in teams-who are involved in extended, ongoing fieldwork projects that rely on and exploit, in intriguing and effective ways, the interplay of words and images in the creation and presentation of their work. The winner will receive $10,000, a solo exhibition at the Center for Documentary Studies, and inclusion in the Archive of Documentary Arts at Rubenstein Library, Duke University. Submissions will be accepted until April 30th. Find out more here.

ASMP Sponsors the PDN Photo Annual
trending_now02ASMP is a sponsor of this competition in which you can win prestigious industry awards like The $15,000 Arnold Newman prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture and have your work will be seen by top photo industry judges. Winning images will be reproduced in the June Photo Annual issue of PDN®, the most anticipated issue of the year. And to top it off we’re throwing an exclusive party in New York City celebrating the winners. The deadline is February 19th! For more info, go here.


  • Last month, Executive Director Eugene Mopsik traveled to London with PLUS CEO Jeff Sedlik for talks with a number of industry representatives from the UK and EU who are creating registries and demonstration projects funded by their governments. The primary purpose of the trip was to ensure that PLUS would be incorporated into these considerations and that the PLUS Registry would be one of the “federated” or linked registries to be used. According to Mopsik, ” Our trip served to reinforce my position that any solution to the Orphan Works and fair compensation for rights holders must be an international solution that addresses both sides of the equation – the needs of creators and the marketplace.”  He added that “There is a significant amount of wariness abroad about US solutions. Trips like this help to establish good relations and break the impression that the US simply wants to enforce our will upon the world IP community.
  • Google met in December with the European Commission regarding an antitrust probe into its search advertising business. Since that time, the company has been working on a set of concessions to satisfy complainants such as Microsoft, TripAdvisor and Foundem. As the EU considers Google’s proposed remedies, ASMP has sent a letter to the EU Competition Chief urging “continued vigilance regarding your investigation of Google practices and their effect on the competitive environment .” Complainants have called upon the EU to take more decisive action against Google. To read the ASMP letter, go here.
  • ASMP has joined with the National Press Photographers Association expressing strong objection to a proposed bill, SB 465, which more than two-thirds of Hawaii’s state senators have supported. The bill  protects celebrities from paparazzi, giving them power to sue over unwanted beach photos and other snapshots on the islands. The bill’s author says he’s pushing the law at the request of Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler, who recently bought a new home in Maui. The letter states that we are concerned that the bill as drafted tramples upon the First Amendment rights of citizens and journalists.” Read the letter here.




Join us for a webinar with Michael Bilbrey , Senior Production Consultant at Leo Burnett USA  on Wednesday, February 27, 1:00 – 2:00 pm eastern. Our conversation will focus on photographers’ self-promotion and how you can effectively communicate your vision, showcase your professionalism and address all those intangibles that go into the hiring decision. We’ll take your questions via chat and twitter during this live webinar. For more information on this and previous Business as unUsual webinars, visit ASMP Webinars.

Photographers Helping Photographers at USU: March 2
ASMP Second VP Ed McDonald and ASMP Mountain West member Jay Drowns have coordinated a day-long program at Utah State University featuring presentations by Ed McDonald,ASMP Director of Content Strategy Judy Herrmann, Thomas Werner and ASMP Board SecretaryJenna Close that will introduce the business of photography to students, aspiring and professional photographers. Palm Springs Photo Festival: April 28-May 3 (see info under Exclusive to Members below)

Palm Springs Photo Festival: April 28-May 3
The Palm Springs Photo Festival, April 28 – May 3, will feature five presentations from ASMP educators: Colleen Wainwright on Social Media, Thomas Werner on The Business of Fine Art, ASMP First Vice President Gail Mooney on The Business of Video and Peter Krogh on Lightroomand on Digital Asset Management.  Visit for details. ASMP Members  click here to receive a 10% discount!

Society for Photographic Education (SPE) National Conference: March 7-10 in Chicago
ASMP will present 4 seminars: Peter Krogh on Keeping up with Technology, Gail Mooney on The Business of Video, Richard Kelly on The Evolution of Your Creative Rights and Judy Herrmannon New Markets in Photography.  ASMP will also host a table in the trade show. Learn more.

Northern Short Course: March 7-9 in Elizabeth, NJ
The National Press Photographers Association’s 32nd annual Northern Short Course will include two programs by ASMP educator Bill Cramer of Wonderful Machine on March 7: one on Pricing & Negotiating and the other on Branding & Marketing. Gail Mooney will present The Business of Video on March 8. More here.

WPPI Conference: March 11-14 in Las Vegas
Wedding and Portrait Photography International’s annual conference will feature 4 ASMP seminars:You Amplified: Standing Out in the Attention Economy with Colleen Wainwright, Your Business Your Way: How to Build a Business You’ll Love with Judy Herrmann, Creating Value: Essential Tools for Professional Photographers with Richard Kelly and No Limits: Successful Sales Techniques for People Who Hate Selling with Blake Discher.  Visit our Booth in the Exhibition Hall. More about the show here.


The Board unanimously appointed Jim Flynn, a General Member in the Austin/San Antonio chapter, to fill the unexpired portion of Thomas Werner’s term as a member of the National Board of Directors.

The ASMP Executive Board met February 11th & 12th in Philadelphia. Minutes will be available soon.

Blake Discher has resigned his position on the Executive Board and Jenna Close has been named Board Secretary.


Lemon Lane”, a short film directed by Blake J. Discher and produced as part of the 2012 Detroit 48-Hour Film Project, has been selected for screening at the 2013 Central Michigan International Film Festival.  The film was voted “Best Comedy” in the 48HFP and is about two aging detectives who stake out a neighborhood in search of a mysterious young man suspected of operating a marijuana ring fronting as lemonade stands. The film may be viewed  here.

Herbert Ascherman has been chosen to receive the Jennifer B. Langston Community Service Award from the Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter for his groundbreaking exhibit, Art Interprets Alzheimer’s.

connect01The Connecticut College Department of Art will present two concurrent exhibitions by alumnus David Katzenstein ’76, “World Views: Ritual and Celebration in Global Culture” and “Islam in Africa: A Pilgrimage to Touba, Senegal.” A Gallery Talk and Reception will be held February 20th and the exhibition will be on display through March 6th. For more information, contact  860.439.2740.  To view online: Islam in Africa / World Views.

ASMP Member Larry Angier along with Martîn Vargas and Carolyn Fox crafted more than 30 of their favorite images to be included in a portfolio exhibition entitled Mission San Juan Bautista reVisions. These photos will be displayed April 7th at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, CA to raise awareness of both the beauty and the plight of the mission. For more info, go here

connect02 (1)Margaret McCarthy’s photograph “Embrace” was part of “BE MINE”, an exhibition showcasing photographs and poetry celebrating love at The Alliance Gallery in Narrowsburg, NY.

Matt Herron’s exhibition,  Three Hats: The Civil Rights Photography Of Matt Herron will be displayed through May 27 at Alemany Library Community Gallery, Dominican campus in  San Rafael, California. For more info, phone 415-482-2453.

Les Wollam, a Life member, has made a video about his work as Assistant to great portrait photographer Arnold Newman. See the video here.

connect03Jackie Weisberg has an article in the February issue of Shutterbug which includes photos from her series Gowanus Impressions.

Pablo Bartholomew had an exhibition in New Delhi recently. It was a photographic journey into his own archive, focusing on his years in Calcutta from the mid-1970s – and dealing with an exploration of identity and society.

The work of Trenton-based Jon Naar will be displayed as part of the New Jersey Artist series at the NJ State Museum through May 9th. The exhibition, entitled ‘Jon Naar: Signature Photography’ encompasses photojournalism, portraiture, architecture and design, street art and fine art. For more information, go here.

Aviation photographer John Slemp will give a lecture showcasing his recent aviation photographs on March 2nd at 2 pm at the Lyndon House Art Center in Athens, Georgia. Open to all, there is no charge. Goodyear Aviation Tire posters will be signed free of charge while supplies last. He will also be a featured guest on the Simple Flight! radio program, on March 31st. The program is broadcast live over the internet from 8-10 pm Central Time on Sunday nights.

In Memoriam:

  • General Member Philip Beaurline, an architectural photographer based in Charlottesville, Virginia, died January 18 from complications from the flu. He was 59. His friend Lincoln Barbour wrote in his blog that The way Philip worked was perfection in action. He never settled for good enough. He also never took a picture he didn’t intend to deliver.”
  • D.R. Goff passed away recently. He was a committed and hard working professional who gave a lot of time and energy to ASMP as President of the New Mexico chapter, where he was responsible to a large degree for bringing the NM ASMP community together. He started his photo career as a combat photographer in Vietnam.




Executive Director Eugene Mopsik traveled to Washington DC to attend a Copyright Matters lecture at the Library of Congress entitled “Best Practices in Fair Use.” Next month, he will attend an ICOMP (Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace) meeting in Berlin, Germany. ICOMP members, which include ASMP, have a shared commitment to a transparent and competitive internet.

ASMP past president Richard Kelly participated in a Harvard Law School EdX panel lecture on February 6. Part of a series focusing on Copyright, the discussion focused on “The Interests of Authors.”  Professor William “Terry” Fisher led the panel, which was live-streamed to an international audience of thousands. Kelly was joined by William Landay, Novelist; John Drake, musician and game developer; and Dale Cendali, Copyright attorney at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  We encourage you to watch the recording of this important event here.

ASMP President Shawn Henry and Board Member Kevin Lock spoke on two panels and taught several workshops at FOTOfusion in West Palm Beach, FL, late last month. Henry also also attended the Texas Photo Roundup, which ASMP Austin/SA co-produces with the Austin Center of Photography.


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Zipcar Discounts
Zipcar has thousands of cars available by the hour or by the day. If you sign up through ASMP, you can become a Zipcar member for an annual fee of only $25. (The usual $75 setup fee is waived.) You also get a discounted driving rate Monday-Friday. (The rate and the discount will vary from city to city.) Find out more here.

Member Rates on Health Insurance
Having a Health Insurance program can help provide you, your family, and your employees (if applicable) with comprehensive major medical insurance coverage. The ASMP program is administered by JLBG Health, the nation’s largest provider of Association Health Plans. To learn more about the options available to lower your health insurance costs and maintain comprehensive coverage, visit for an instant online quote. Or contact JLBG Health at 1-888-387-8220 for more details, member rates, and a 15-minute phone application.

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YPA Awards Coming Up
The Young Photographers Alliance Mentoring Program Exhibition and Scholarship Awards Presentation will be held Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 6 to 9 PM at the Calumet Gallery22 West 22nd Street, 2nd Floor in New York City. The ASMP Foundation provides major funding for this event, and ASMP NY Chapter’s Past President Steve Mallon will be a presenter. To find out more and register, go here.

Spring 2013 International Women’s Call For Entry
Professional Women Photographers (PWP) invites women photographers to submit to their Spring 2013 call for entry.  Juror Julie Saul, owner of the Julie Saul Gallery of contemporary photography in New York City, will award $5,000 in cash, offer a one-year online exhibition, feature an article in IMPRINTS Magazine, and offer valuable prizes from Datacolor, world leader in color calibration technology. The deadline for submission is March 31. For complete information, go here.

Photography Seminars at B&H Event Space in NYC

  • Member Chip Forelli will hold a seminar entitled Straight Print to Finished Print: The Untold Story Sponsored by Hahnemuhle on February 20th from 4 to 6 pm. Learn more here.
  • ASMP First Vice President Gail Mooney will present her seminar, Making a Movie Without a Hollywood Budget and a Big Crew, on March 19th from 1 to 3 pm. More info here.
  • Member Thomas Werner will be presenting The Business of Fine Art Photography on March 7 from 4-6 pm.  Details available here.

Photography Workshop in LA
National Geographic photographer and member Gerd Ludwig is holding a 5 day photography workshop entitled Documenting With Personal Vision in Los Angeles, April 18 -22. This 5-day workshop is for photographers and serious amateurs who want to take their photography to the next level. Learn more here.

Arnold Newman Exhibition
The Harry Ransom Center at University of Texas in Austin is holding an exhibition on Arnold Newman from through May 12. Featuring more than 200 of his well-known masterworks, Arnold Newman: Masterclass also includes rarely seen work prints and contact sheets that provide unique glimpses into the development of the vision of this master of portrait photography. Additional materials gathered from the Arnold Newman archive, which resides at the Harry Ransom Center, include manuscripts, correspondence, business records, and magazine tear sheets, all providing exceptional insight into Newman’s life and career. To learn more, go here.


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