ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers

May 2015 Newsletter

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




Message from the Executive Director
19ddfb20-63d4-4331-9f2b-45ed326ad34bI believe we are all stronger when we listen for new ideas and fresh perspectives from a wide variety of sources. Working together, we can make ASMP the central hub that connects independent professional photographers with vendors, fellow media professionals, educators, clients, and ultimately the audiences for the visual messages our members create. By developing spokes of connection from all these sources to our central hub, we can actively connect with a broad spectrum of voices that can fuel individual creativity and collective advancement. Building community requires nothing less.
Tom Kennedy, ASMP Executive Director

ASMP National Board Meeting
The ASMP National board will meet in Raleigh, NC on June 11 and 12, where newly elected officers, Board Chair Jenna Close, Vice Chair Luke Copping, Secretary Irene Owsley and Treasurer Mark Green, and new directors Frank Rocco, John Welsh and David Zentz will join continuing directorsCharles Gupton, John Harrington, Charles “Stretch” Ledford, Kevin Lock, Michael Weschler,Steve Whittaker and ex officio director Gail Mooney. Executive Director Tom Kennedy will represent the staff at this meeting. Members are encouraged to send suggestions and/or issues they would like the board to discuss to Jenna Close at

ASMP’s Best of 2015 – Jurors Announced, Deadline Extended
30775b1e-21b9-4d4a-9147-e8bcee731875Seeking stellar images demonstrating your unique and consistent vision! ASMP Members are invited to submit 3-7 images for ASMP’s Best of 2015 annual, which will be juried by art producer, curator & book editor Catherine Johnson, art buyer, producer and creative consultant Amy Yvonne Yu and a third juror to be announced. Honorees’ work will be featured in a special Best of 2015 issue of the ASMP Bulletin, extensive online interviews and more! There is no cost to enter. Submissions will be accepted until midnight pacific time on May 30, 2015 at best of 2015.

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 here. Help us help you by responding to our Call to Action below.

Make Your Voice Heard!
With the first major reform of the Copyright Act since 1976 on the horizon, fundamental changes in the role professional photographers play in the global market and the maturation of media platforms that impact our ability to earn a living, there has never been a more critical time for photographers to work together for a better future. If you haven’t yet joined ASMP or if your membership is up for renewal, don’t delay. Visit ASMP here today!



  • Call to action: The April 24 Notice of Inquiry from the U.S. Copyright Office includes 5 specific questions. ASMP seeks relevant comments, experiences and stories to consider as we work with coalition members to draft a comprehensive response. Please send your thoughts to no later than July 5, 2015.
  • On May 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued an opinion on the case Free Speech Coalition et al. v. Attorney General of the U.S.A, which challenged the Constitutionality under the First and Fourth Amendments of various Federal record-keeping and disclosure requirements for photographs depicting sexually-explicit material. In a partial win for the plaintiffs, including ASMP, the government must now obtain a search warrant before conducting searches under the statutes. The case was sent back to the District Court to determine whether the requirement that these records be available for at least twenty hours per week violates the First Amendment. Read the decision here.
  • On April 28, the Copyright Office launched a new searchable database containing summaries of major fair use decisions to help the public gain a better understanding of how the Federal Courts have applied the fair use doctrine to particular categories of works or types of use. Check it out here.
  • We have heard of a couple of scams actively targeting photographers right now. One is an Instagram scheme where manufacturers ask you to give them permission to share your photos by replying #Yes. Your affirmative response binds you to a license granting them excessive rights and leaving you shouldering all liabilities. The second is a variation on the standard “Advance Funds” scheme, where someone posing as a client asks you to pay another vendor who doesn’t accept credit cards and add those charges to your bill, which they then pay with a bogus credit card. Caveat venditor! Click here to read ASMP’s page on scams you should watch out for.




Estimating with Confidence with Lynn Kyle
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
1:00 – 2:30 pm eastern
You’ve made the connection, made an impression, and have been asked to quote on a project, but where do you start? These days, even the most experienced photographers seem to struggle with pricing their work, sussing out client needs and negotiating favorable fees. An experienced Art Buyer and Producer, Lynn Kyle 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 this special 90-minute season finale with plenty of time to get your questions answered.

Questions with a Pro
Wanna know what Robert Seale, Allison Wright, Guy Aroch, and Chase Jarvis think about business, creativity, marketing, technique and more? Check out our Questions with a Pro series on Facebook and Twitter to find your favorite pros answering 2-4 of our questions each week. #questionswithapro. Got questions you’d like to ask or a Pro you’d like us to feature? Send your ideas to

Coming up on the Strictly Business Blog
c6f656ba-e7e4-4879-bbaf-9e321437fa94Visit ASMP’s Strictly Business Blog to find meaty and insightful posts from over 30 industry experts. This week, we’re featuring Words of Wisdom for the Class of 2015. Next week we’ll have guest posts from 4 respected Agency Access consultants. After that, our regular contributors will discuss how they explain the Value of Professional Photography. A new post goes live 5 days per week. Bookmark

ASMP Webinar Recordings
6e52b7fc-8efb-416a-a61d-4e6de100588bDid you miss Doug Menuez explaining how he’s building a massive platform around his Fearless Genius project? Or Rosh Sillars on what’s working in Social Media today? 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.



551ba48b-57d0-4467-98ef-fd64687caf02MN Original, a Twin Cities Public Television series on Minnesota’s creative community, went behind the scenes with David Bowman as he scaled a billion-year-old lava flow with an 8×10 camera for his Lakehead project. The feature also addresses Bowman’s commercial and editorial work, including his experiences capturing this portrait from Russ Kendall’s Smokehouse for a Gourmet Magazine assignment on the north shore of Lake Superior. Click here to watch the segment.

d555b3e0-4697-467d-9766-0677dabbd2c8Susan May Tell received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship for the summer of 2015, where she will revisit, edit and print her early (1974 – 1982) black & white film work to create an updated portfolio for galleries and museums. Work from an earlier edit of this collection has already resulted in several solo exhibitions.

9ac26d2a-56f2-47e0-ac09-709abd0923a8“I find if you approach people at their job with a smile and act interested, they are more than happy to talk about their work or show you what they’re doing,” explains ASMP’s Best of 2014 honoree Scott Gable, who put this advice into practice while visiting six Asian countries over a continuous, four-month odyssey to document rice production and the culture surrounding it. See more of his work and read the full interview here.

a12123b2-8681-4e9e-91ba-e5df071f6ef4ASMP’s Best of 2014 honoree Toni Greaves’ documentary work and long-term personal projects often explore themes of ritual, spirituality, community and healing. Her advice? “Just focus on doing great work. It all starts there…That and working on personal projects, because it all begins with doing a great job on personal projects.” Click here to read the full interview and see more of her work.

aad01e90-060c-4141-b5b5-c179597c0f75In Memoriam: Sadly, Ann Zane Shanks succumbed to breast cancer on May 11. Shanks joined ASMP in 1956, serving as First Vice President, Treasurer, Alternate Treasurer and Alternate Secretary as well as chairing several committees. A prolific photographer, her work was featured in nearly every major U.S. magazine including Time, Look, Esquire, and The New York Times Magazine and exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum, The International Center of Photography, The Museum of the City of New York, the New York Transit Museum, The New York Historical Society and the New York State Museum. Shanks began working with motion in 1969, winning twenty-seven film festival awards and two Emmy nominations. With her husband, she wrote and produced 4 television movies. The duo also produced and directed a number of documentaries and the syndicated series, American Lifestyle. Shanks lived life on her own terms explaining, “I could never wait for life to find me. I was driven to always go out and find it.”

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



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 and his colleague, Mark Edward Lewis, has you covered.The tour will visit 33 cities through July 2. Get your discount here.

Special Limited Time Offer from BlinkBid
5a665a50-8c07-413f-9746-ab52ab50809dAs part of their crusade to empower photographers, BlinkBid is offering a radical discount exclusively to ASMP members. Through Sunday May 24, ASMP members can get BlinkBid’s photography estimating software for just $149.00 – that’s an $80 savings off the list price and $30 more than our regular BlinkBid discount. Don’t delay, click here to get your special Blinkbid discount code today!

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



  • On April 29, ASMP Executive Director Tom Kennedy attended House Judiciary Committee hearings where Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante testified on “The Register’s Perspective on Copyright Review.” Read her testimony here.
  • From May 14 to 16, select images from ASMP/Architecture members were exhibited at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2015 convention in Atlanta. This year’s theme, Impact, focused on how architects impact their communities both locally and globally. Learn more about ASMP/Architecture here.
  • On May 14, ASMP Board Chair Gail Mooney represented ASMP at a United Nations 70th anniversary celebration and International Photographic Council (IPC) Hall of Fame Award Luncheon honoring Shigetaka Komori, Chairman & CEO of Fujifilm Holdings Corporation.
  • On May 29 at 1:00 pm eastern, Mooney joins Robert Caplin of Photo Brigade at Adorama in New York City to discuss her story-telling career and how ASMP benefits media professionals. Attendees at Adorama will receive 10% off many items throughout the store. Those unable to make the live event, can watch the podcast live at
  • On June 10, Kennedy will attend the PDN Photo Annual party in New York City to present the Arnold Newman Prize and the ASMP/Susan Carr Educator Prize.



AI-AP Latin America Annual announces jurors, extends deadline
2e900b23-4c52-4d44-b171-c9bdfd04ddd0American 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 curator Dani Cattan, photographer Diego Goldberg , Leonor Mamanna of Bloomberg Pursuits, New York Magazine’s Marvin Orellana, Genevieve Fussell of the New Yorker and fotovisura’s Adrieana Teresa Letorney. Anyone who has shot a campaign, project or personal work in Latin America is eligible. Deadline extended to June 12, 2015. Learn more at

PhotoShelter Releases New Guide
5e122b2a-6cd5-4f32-be44-9ed3a978a140PhotoShelter’s new guide, Breaking into Editorial Photography, is now available. With advice from successful editorial photographers and photo editors fromTexas Monthly and National Geographic, it covers how to land clients and negotiate budgets. Download it here.

Howard Chapnick Grant Now Open for Nominations
Established in 1996 by the Smith Fund and friends of Howard Chapnick to honor his memory as the head of the Black Star photo agency, this ASMP-sponsored $5000 grant encourages and supports leadership in fields ancillary to photojournalism, such as editing, research, education and management. The grant may be used to further education or research initiatives, as well as long-term sabbatical projects or internships. The deadline to apply is July 15th. Click here to learn more.

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

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



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