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March 2013 Newsletter

By March 1, 2013August 30th, 2016ASMP Newsletter



New Board Members Elected
Voting ended March 15 for the five available seats on the ASMP National Board of Directors and the following candidates were elected:

  • Luke Copping
  • John Harrington
  • Kevin Lock
  • Barry Schwartz
  • Steve Whittaker

Congratulations to all! To learn more about the new Board Members go here.

Call For Best of ASMP 2013 Entries
Place your images – and your business – front and center in the photo world by submitting to theASMP Bulletin’s 9th Annual Best of ASMP issue due out in September. The 20 photographers selected for the annual Best of ASMP issue are featured in print and online – in a detailed look at their creative vision, technical accomplishments, valued collaborations and more – through insightful interviews, illustrated by their strongest work. Best of ASMP seeks dynamic, eye-catching imagery and remarkable projects that stop us in our tracks! Member entries will be accepted between March 15 and May 1. Learn more here.

ASMP Selects Henry for Leadership Award
trending-now01ASMP has designated outgoing President Shawn Henry as the recipient of the2013 IPC (International Photogaphic Council) Leadership Award .  Shawn has exhibited extraordinary leadership and dedication to the photographic community through his 25 year history of participation with the Eddie Adams Workshop, his seven years of service to EP culminating as VP, and his six years of service to the ASMP Board culminating as president for 2012/2013.  Shawn has been a tireless advocate for the rights of working professionals through his participation and attendance at numerous symposia and trade events. Shawn will be honored along with winners chosen by other professional photography organizations in New York in May.

And The Winner Is…
trending-now02Mark Stahl is the lucky member who renewed before the February deadline and won the Fuji X 10 camera in ASMP’s recent drawing. He is a General Member in Youngstown, Ohio who joined ASMP in November 2011 and renewed for 2013 on Feb 4.  Congrats, Mark! Enjoy the camera!



  • General Counsel Victor Perlman has filed ASMP’s comments in response to the Copyright Office’s Notice of Inquiry regarding orphan works. The comments state that “ASMP supports the Reply Comments submitted by ASMP’s sister organization, the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). In particular, ASMP believes that the two keys to minimizing or eliminating entirely the existence of orphan works are persistent attribution and registries.” Read ASMP’s comments here. Read NPPA’s comments here.
  • We are happy to report that the charges against Nicolas Tanner have been dismissed. Nicolas is the Ohio University photojournalism student arrested on Halloween night for photographing an ambulance scene while standing on a public sidewalk. ASMP had joined in a 11/7/12 letter supporting the dismissal.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice has taken the rare step of intervening in a civil rights dispute in Maryland, arguing that a photographer’s recording of police activity in public was constitutionally protected conduct. Civil rights division lawyers filed a “statement of interest” on March 4 in support of photojournalist Mannie Garcia , who filed suit last year against a suburban Maryland police department. Garcia claimed that police unlawfully arrested him in June 2011 as he took photos of the arrest of two Hispanic men. “The United States urges the court to find that both the First and Fourth Amendments protect an individual who peacefully photographs police activity on a public street, if officers arrest the individual and seize the camera of that individual for that activity,” the government attorney wrote.
  • Scam Alert! An ASMP member reports that “Best of Artists,” apparently part of Kennedy Publishing, Williamsburg, VA has gotten in touch with her and other photographers, saying they are doing a professional book and would like to use some of the photographer’s photos. A quick web search to verify the solicitation revealed that the company has now gone out of business.




• Due to unforeseen circumstances, Michael Bilbrey, Sr. Production Consultant at Leo Burnett USA had to reschedule the February 27th webinar. Join us instead on: March 27th, 1 pm – 2 pm eastern – with additional Q&A until 2:30 pm. 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. Already registered? Don’t worry – your registration has automatically transferred to the new date and time.

Coming in April! On Wednesday, April 24th, from 1 pm to 2 pm eastern, Frank Meo, The Photo Closer, will discuss how photographers can shift the conversation from price to value and win jobs even if they aren’t the lowest bidder. Following the live webinar, Frank will conduct an extra Q&A session at until 2:30 pm. For more information on this and previous Business as unUsual webinars, visit ASMP Webinars.

NABSHOW April 6 – 11, 2013
ASMP will present 4 seminars as part of the Post|Production World and Digital Publishing Workshop | TAP training programs at the National Association of Broadcasters’ annual conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Save $100 when you  register for Post|Production World where Gail Mooney will present New Oppportunities for Documentaries and Richard Kelly will offer Releases, Trademarks & Privacy Rights Demystified . Or choose from a free exhibit pass or $100 off when you register for Digital Publishing Workshop|TAP where you can join Jay Kinghorn for Unlocking the True Value of Your Creative Content and Richard Kellyfor How to Register Your Creative Work. Jay will also be on The Future of Digital Publishing Hot Panel.

Palm Springs Photo Festival: April 28-May 3 (see info under Exclusive to Members below)


Minutes of the ASMP Executive Board meeting held last month are now available here.


connect-with-best01Michael Weschler recently made this portrait of design icon Donatella Versace for Architectural Digest. It was taken at her new store in So Ho, New York City. To see more of Michael’s photography, go here.

The High Museum of Art in Atlanta presented “Structure in the Photographic Story with Mark Maio” on Thursday, March 14th. Guests had the opportunity to meet Mark and learn about his Against the Grain series and photographs from various projects during his career. Mark will be offering a workshop photographing the historic Silo City Grain Elevators in Buffalo, NY in May. To learn more, click here.

connect-with-best02Michael Cooper’s 30 years as Canadian Opera Company production photographer were recently celebrated in a COC blog and in the magazine Prelude. To learn more, go here.

John Naar’s exhibit John Narr: Signature Photography, was featured in the New York Times. See the article.



In Memoriam:

  • ASMP Life Member and legendary photographer Ozzie Sweet, a pioneer in color magazine photography, passed away February 20th at his home in Maine. He was 94 years old. By the year 2000, Sweet had placed nearly 2,000 cover photographs on magazines of all variety, sizes, and topics.
  • Another Life Member, Don Rutledge, who was a world-class photojournalist for Black Star and the Richmond-based International Mission Board, died Feb. 19. Rutledge captured quiet moments of humanity and mission ministry in hundreds of classic and inspirational photographs which he called “windows on the soul.” He was 82.



Executive Director Eugene Mopsik traveled to Europe for several meetings on a number of topics. He attended his first iComp board meeting in Berlin, at which there was discussion of the EU viewpoint on Google and other IP/rights issues. He then went to London for more meetings related to PLUS and the Copyright Hub and the EU demonstration projects.  His last stop was Amsterdam, where he participated on an IPTC panel as part of their Machine Readable Rights Day. Read his remarks.

General Counsel Victor Perlman attended the WPPI Conference in Las Vegas and spent several hours each day at the ASMP booth providing advice and counsel on a variety of subjects.


Special Rate for Conference
exclusive-to-members01The World Creators Summit (formerly known as World Copyright Summit), will take place in Washington DC on June 4 & 5th. ASMP members receive a special rate (hurry though – it ends March 31st !) and a “3 for 2” offer.  Now in its fourth edition, this biennial event aims to establish a constructive dialogue, exchange ideas, debate diverse viewpoints and discuss the remedies linked to intellectual property and creative content online with all the stakeholders in the new digital economy.

InfoTrends Report Highlights Available
In December, InfoTrends published a research report entitled Digital Imaging and Professional Photographers: 2012 Survey Results. ASMP members participated in the study, and InfoTrends has made the highlights available as a way of saying thank you. The study explored the behavior of 2,315 US photographers who took photos for a professional fee on a full-time or part-time basis.

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

Look Fabulous Tour Savings
exclusive-to-members02The Look Fabulous Tour featuring Lindsay Adler & Lou Freeman will teach every essential concept necessary to capture fresh, vibrant, and trendy images using principles inspired by fashion, glamour, lifestyle, and editorial photography. The tour will be visiting 33 North American cities in March, April and May 2013. See the list of cities and dates . ASMP members get $10 off the regular price.

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Pro Photo Daily and Motion Arts Pro
fyi01 (1)Pro Photo Daily and Motion Arts Pro provide invaluable trade information for serious photographers and enthusiasts alike. You can register here to receive both. And, to see comments and shared posts from readers, you can “like ” Pro Photo Daily and Motion Arts Pro on Facebook.


2013 PDN’s 30 Free Event
ASMP is one of the sponsors of PDN’s 30 seminar series. Please join us for Transitions: Strategies for Young Working Photographers seminar. The panel includes three 2013 PDN’s 30 recipients, a leading industry professional, a Sony Artisan of Imagery and will be moderated by PDN’s Editor Holly Hughes. There is no charge and it will be held at the SVA Theatre on 333 West 23rd Street in New York, Wednesday April 10 at 6:30 pm. For more about PDN’s 30, go here.

The Fence: Call for Submisstions
The Fence 2013, an outdoor photo exhibition on the theme of community, just opened the call for submissions. It is returning to Brooklyn this summer and debuting in Boston as well. This annual summer-long outdoor photo exhibition that drew over 1 million visitors during its 10 week run at Brooklyn Bridge Park last year. Photographers of all levels are invited to submit their best image series that capture the essence of “community.” Learn more here.

Move 2 Motion Event Discount
Move 2 Motion is a seminar designed for those curious about creating film, video or motion work. It is especially designed for still photographers who want to offer motion as a service to their existing clients. The majority of the seminar will be spent learning how to set up your HDDSLR camera for motion capture, how to record audio, and how to build your DSLR camera in to a professional motion capture device. The event will take place in mid-April, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. ASMP members will receive a discount on seminar registration with the discount code ASMPm2m. For more info, go here.


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