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June 2013 Newsletter

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



Henry Receives IPC Award
trending01bASMP Immediate Past President Shawn Henry was honored recently for his years of service and leadership in the industry. Joining him at the awards ceremony May 28th at the United Nations were ASMP President Ed McDonald (left) and Executive Director Eugene Mopsik.

Understand the Terms of Photography Competitions
ASMP believes that while competitions can serve a purpose within your business plan and potentially give your work significant visibility, there are a number of issues to consider before you enter. ASMP is concerned about the terms and conditions of a contest recently announced by Vogue, a Conde Nast publication, entitled the New Exposure Photography Competition, Presented by Bottega Veneta and has issued a statement, joined by several other associations. This contest, which is targeted at students and emerging photographers, appears to be an effort to secure thousands of free images for unlimited use in publications and in advertising. Issues include image usage, credit, rights and compensation. For these reasons, ASMP believes the contest exploits photographers and strongly cautions everyone to carefully review all the terms and conditions along with the rights they are surrendering before entering any competition. For valuable information about the terms, conditions and issues for Photography Competitions, go here.

Chicago Sun-Times Lays Off Photography Staff
On May 30th, the Chicago Sun-Times announced it had laid off its entire photography staff, including Pulitzer Prize winner John H. White. Listen to White’s reaction to the news here. The newspaper said the work of the 28 full-time photographers will now be performed by reporters as well as freelance photographers. Photo staffs have been shrunk elsewhere as well, including at USA Today and The Washington Times, according to NPR. Media writer Robert Feder reported that the Sun-Times plans to begin mandatory training on “iPhone photography basics” for editorial employees. In a statement published by ASMP,  Executive Director Eugene Mopsik stated, “We view reporting and photography as two different, and highly valuable, skills. To devalue the expertise and ability of imaging professional by assigning photography to reporters demeans both crafts.” He went on to say, “We believe the reader/viewer experience will be diminished.”

Philly Chapter Publishes Book

trending02ASMP’s Philadelphia Chapter has taken a unique step in marketing the work of members. A book entitled Focus Philadelphia has been published and will be mailed to potential art buyers. After calling for entries by Chapter members, the submissions were culled by 3 outside judges, and the book was produced. Chapter President John Welsh said, “We’ve done exhibitions before, and we decided to try to maximize the marketing potential by publishing a more permanent record of work that could be delivered directly to our buyers.” To learn more about the book, go here.



  • ASMP has joined with the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) in a letter toYahoo CEO Marissa Mayer protesting her recent comments about photography. She said publicly during a Yahoo event, “…today, with cameras as pervasive as they are, there is no such thing really as professional photographers…” Though in subsequent Tweets she said that “was a misstatement on my part and out of context,” our letter states, “As an organization that derives millions of pageviews from photographs and has a number of photosharing applications in its portfolio we find these comments demeaning and only contribute to devaluing professional photography and photographers at a time when companies like Yahoo monetize those images for even greater profits.” We will report on any response received.
  • ASMP General Counsel Victor Perlman filed comments in response to a Copyright Office Notice of Inquiry regarding technological upgrades to registration and recordation functions . In the comments, it is stated that “It is ASMP’s hope that Congress will recognize the pressing need to upgrade the Copyright Office’s digital systems and to make the same kind of continuing investment in digital technologies as working photographers and most businesses have to make in order to remain in business.” Read the comments here.
  • The UK Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill (ERRB) has received “royal assent” – which means it is now an act of parliament and the copyright clauses contained in the act have become law. This has triggered a flurry of online debate and concern that this means the death of copyright. The British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies (BAPLA), a trade association, has put out information. Although this legislation is UK-focused, other countries are looking at the impact this decision may have on future copyright debates and, since many US photographers and image libraries have images with UK companies, the orphan works element of the bill could directly affect them.
  • ASMP has joined the Picture Agency Council of America, Inc. (PACA) in a letter to Senator John A. De Francisco strongly opposing New York State’s S. 5196 , which would grant, on a retroactive basis looking back 70 years, a right of publicity to all deceased individuals (celebrity or not). This legislation would cause “serious economic impact to the image licensing industry in New York State” according to the letter and “deprive New York State photographers and film owners the right to exploit their property and copyright interests in their still and motion images.” We will keep you advised of further developments.




June Webinar Registration Now Open!
Frederick Van Johnson, TWiP, MediaBytes
Wednesday, June 26  1 – 2 pm eastern
Additional Q & A at from 2 – 2:30
Available online only, this exciting webinar is free for all live attendees.

Frederick Van Johnson, host of  This Week in Photo (TWiP) and founder of MediaBytes, is a self-proclaimed “nerd who loves photography, marketing and technology.” He will focus on how to use social media to grow your photography business and keep your social media presence going when your business gets busy!

NOTE: ASMP’s Business As UnUsual programs are always on line! Access to the recordings is free for ASMP Members ($4.99 for non-Members) and recordings of the webinars are available here.



Coming Up!
Los Angeles: July 15 – 16
Las Vegas: August 5 – 6
ALERT: The first 40 ASMP members to register for On the Road, get in FREE! Click here for details on this and other Member discount offers.

ASMP is proud to join WPPI, PhotoPlus Expo and Kelby Training for On the Road, a new series of 2-day photography workshops for emerging and established professional photographers.  On the Road provides everything you need to build a successful photography practice in Commercial/Editorial or Retail markets. ASMP is sponsoring several presentations: Colleen Wainwright will present Build a Better Business through Branding, Marketing & Sales and Jenna Close will present ASMP’s Photo Business Boot Camp. In L.A. Mary Virginia Swanson will giveUnderstanding the Value of Your Work within Multiple Markets. In Las Vegas, Ben Lowry will be presenting Building an Innovative Career.




The ASMP Board of Directors met in Palm Springs during the Photo Festival April 29th – 30th. Highlights of the meeting are here.


Birgit Neiser has an exhibition at the State Museum of Ethnology in Munich, Germany now through January 12, 2014. It is entitled GOLDEN LAND, 100 years Burma/Myanmar. The exhibition shows a selection of Christine Scherman’s works (1865-1946), juxtaposed with Birgit’s photographs of Myanmar today. For more information, go here.

connect02John Slemp has an exhibition, Reaching Higher, at Georgia’s second largest museum, the Tellus Science Center. The exhibition explores the development of the airplane from the Wright brothers to the F-22 Raptor. More info at

In Memoriam:

  • Wayne F. Miller who served with an elite Navy unit that produced some of the most indelible combat images of World War II and then went on to create a ground-breaking series of portraits chronicling the lives of black Americans in Chicago, has died at 94. He joined ASMP in 1947.
  • Martha Rhoades-Spivey, an ASMP Associate Member, recently passed away after a brain aneurysm. Her family wishes to honor Martha by supporting the Martha Rhoades-Spivey Tele-stroke Project led by Dr. Neeraj Naval at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. To make a donation, go to and designate your gift in memory of Martha.



out-and-about01ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik presented Craig Stevens (right) with the 1st Annual ASMP Susan Carr Educator Prize at the PDN Awards Program in New York City on May 28th. He also presented the The 2013 Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture to Wayne Lawrence.

Mopsik also attended the World Copyright Summit, Washington, DC where he was on a panel.

ASMP President Ed McDonald has attended On the Road events as well as Look 3 in Charlottesville, VA, where ASMP is a media sponsor.

Mopsik , Past President Richard Kelly and Director of Content Strategy Judy Herrmanntraveled to Barcelona, Spain for the CEPIC Annual Congress. For Photocentric Day, Kelly moderated a panel discussion on Tools & Technologies, and Herrmann moderated one on Compensation & Attribution. ASMP also sponsored Ben Lowy as the Keynote speaker.

ASMP General Counsel Victor Perlman will participate in the Copyright, Creativity, and Commercialization Roundtable, June 20-21 in Dana Point, California.


Art of Visual Storytelling Discount
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The Art of Visual Storytelling Tour lets you experience first-hand the artistic elements and core principles of cinematography. Oscar nominee and DP of the Saturday Night Live Film Unit, Alex Buono takes you from script to finished product in an all-day class that will dramatically increase the impact of your films.

ASMP members click here to save $20.00 off the full day package or $40 off the evening seminar.

See On the Road workshop discounts above in State of the Art.


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Take advantage of all the great benefits offered exclusively to ASMP members! Go here to see all the ASMP Member Benefits that save you money, increase your knowledge and make running your business easier.

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Free PhotoShelter Guide
fyi01PhotoShelter’s new guide, Pricing Your Work: Corporate & Industrial Photography, has tips on what to charge for corporate and industrial shoots, how to find clients and get smart with contracts, plus the main factors that influence the value of an assignment. You can check it out here.

Call for Submissions
The China Photographers Association is currently inviting submission of entries for the China 15th International Photographic Art Exhibition. China Photographers Association, established in December 1956 as the first national photographic organization in the history of People’s Republic of of China, is a professional association composed of photographers of various ethnic groups nationwide. The deadline for entering is July 31st and those interested can log onto the English homepage of the CPA website, and click the 15th China International Photographic Art Exhibition for registration.


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