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May 2013 Newsletter

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



1st Annual ASMP Susan Carr Educator Prize Award Announced
Craig Stevens, a photographer, printmaker and educator, has received the 1st annual Susan Carr Educator Prize. He was selected as the individual who best met the criteria of making a significant contribution to the education of photography students and imaging professionals. The Prize honors the memory of former ASMP Education Director Susan Carr, who was dedicated to the education of working photographers. The Prize will be given out at the PDN Awards Program in New York City on May 28th. In addition to the Prize, a Kickstarter campaign is launching on June 10 to fund the publication of a book of Susan’s images from her Intimate Historiesproject. Find out more here.

ASMP Plays Key Role at Global Conference
For the second consecutive year, ASMP is taking a leading role in the development of a “Photocentric” day of programming for the annual CEPIC Congress in Barcelona, Spain, June 11 – 14. Slated for June 11, Photocentric Day will include panel discussions on timely issues such as compensation, attribution and copyright in a global marketplace. In addition to organizing the Photocentric day, ASMP will update an international body of photography and stock agency associations during “Association day” on June 12 and represent the interests of independent photographers throughout the CEPIC Congress. The ASMP delegation includes Executive Director Eugene Mopsik and Director of Content Strategy Judy Herrmann.



  • General Counsel Victor Perlman sent a letter to State Representative Neal Kurk of New Hampshire on behalf of the 375 members of ASMP’s New England Chapter. In the letter, Perlman writes, “We have reviewed with great interest and alarm the revised language ofHouse Bill 619-FN , of which you are a sponsor and the primary architect. That bill would prohibit photographing many common subjects from manned aircraft in clear violation of the people’s unrestricted right to photograph any subject that can be seen from public space, a right that is protected by the First Amendment. By doing so, it would restrict our members’ and other people’s right to earn a living, as well as the public’s right to access to visual information.” ASMP will keep members posted on any response received.
  • Google formally submitted a package of concessions to the European Commission to try end a two-year antitrust investigation, according to the Commission. Google first offered proposals at the end of January following complaints from competitors such as Microsoft which triggered off the Commission’s investigation in November 2010. Now that a formal offer of concessions has been made, the Commission is “preparing the launch of a market test to seek feedback from market players, including complainants, on these commitment proposals.”




Featuring: Danielle Currier and Larry Volk, authors of
No Plastic Sleeves: The Complete Portfolio Guide for Photographers and Designers
Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 1 – 2 pm eastern
Danielle Currier and Larry Volk know what makes or breaks your portfolio and website. Our conversation will focus on how to objectively evaluate, edit and sequence your work, develop a distinguishing brand identity and present your work in a way that will attract the clients you want. Packed with visual examples curated from Danielle Currier’s blog,, this program will help you take your online or print portfolio to the next level.

This exciting webinar is free for all live attendees. Join us Wednesday, May 29!

Note: This live event will be recorded. Access to the recording will be free for ASMP members and live registrants and recordings of prior webinars are available here.



On the Road Kicks Off in Chicago! First 50 ASMP members to sign up get in free!
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 kicks off in Chicago May 20-21 and provides everything you need to build a successful photography practice in Commercial/Editorial or Retail markets. ASMP is sponsoring 3 presentations: Blake Discher will present Build a Better Business through Branding, Marketing & Sales; Judy Herrmann will present ASMP’s Photo Business Boot Camp and Mary Virginia Swanson will give Understanding the Value of Your Work within Multiple Markets. Go here to find out more details about discounts, and how the first 50 ASMP members to register in Chicago get in FREE. Additional On the Road dates: Atlantic City: June 3rd – 4th Los Angeles: July 15th – 16th Las Vegas: August 5th – 6th.




The ASMP Board of Directors met in Palm Springs during the Photo Festival April 30th – May 1st. Minutes of the meeting will be available soon.


margaret-mccarthyaMargaret McCarthy’s ‘Faraway Place’ will be part of the exhibition Fables of the Eco-Future at The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, Rabun Gap, GA. The exhibition is on view through June 8th and you can go here. She also recently had images included in the Photographers and Imagers (PAI) exhibition at The Salmagundi Art Club in New York City.

Laszlo Bencze’s Onsite: Men of Mining, an exhibit of photographs of miners, will be displayed at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center at 2015 J Street, Sacramento, California June 5th through July 6th.

allison-earnestaAllison Earnest has a new book out called Lighting for Product Photographypublished by Amherst Media. This is the third book in her Sculpting with Light® series. More info at

Popular Photography Magazine picked up an excerpt of ASMP Past President Jim Cavanaugh’sarticle in the Photographer’s Guide to Copyright, which ASMP produced with PhotoShelter. See the article here. You can get a copy of the Guide here.

Al Satterwhite is working on a coffee table book Hunter Thompson: The Cozumel Diary. It is a coffee table book of never-before-seen photos and stories of their adventures in Mexico. To learn more, go here.

In Memoriam: Don Klumpp, former ASMP National Director, passed away April 30th at his home in Asheville, NC. Don was a driving force in the Houston Chapter and a major supporter of ASMP throughout his career.



ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik is attending the IComp (Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace) Board Meeting this month in Klagenfurt, Austria. Mopsik is also on a panel with the title Can photographers get fair deals? at the World Creator’s Summit in D.C. early next month.

ASMP General Counsel Victor Perlman traveled to Washington DC for a meeting with counsel to the House Judiciary Committee, and to participate in a roundtable discussion at the Copyright Office on possible legislation for a right to royalties on resales of copyrighted works.

ASMP Past President Richard Kelly spoke at the IPI/World IP day events in Dallas.

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Look3 Gives Members 10% Off
LOOK3’s Education Week combines courses, portfolio reviews, and editing sessions to create a weeklong educational program. ASMP is a Media Sponsor of the festival in Charlottesville, VA from June 11-15, and ASMP members will receive a 10% discount.

Speedliter’s Intensive Tour Discount
This one-day seminar focuses exclusively on Canon Speedlites so you’ll get the how-to and why-to specific to your Canon gear. This is a 15-city tour, beginning in Austin TX on May 7 and ending in the Bay Area on June 15. Registration form and schedule of locations and dates are online at ASMP members get a $25 discount on the registration fee (regularly $150).


Adobe Changes Focus
Adobe has announced that the company will focus creative software development efforts on its Creative Cloud offering moving forward. While Adobe Creative Suite® 6 products including Photoshop will continue to be supported and available for purchase, the company has no plans for future releases of Creative Suite or other CS products. ASMP has received complaints from a number of our members and Chapter Boards about the new subscription model, and has made Adobe aware of the concerns of our members and the broader professional photography community.


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