75th Anniversary

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The Beginning of ASMP

ASMP is celebrating its 75th Anniversary as a trade association. It began with a group of photojournalists banding together 1944 in New York and paying a $25 initiation fee. It was the year of the beachheads of Normandy and World War II was beginning to wind down. Photojournalists felt the need to talk about the issues concerning them — especially around compensation and working conditions. They realized the need to protect, inform, and advocate for visual creators.

Anniversary Theme: “2020 Vision”

Our diamond anniversary is extremely special because we know that the organization has evolved from being one of exclusivity to one of inclusivity. In this digital age, it’s becoming more and more difficult to make a living as a visual creator. Newsrooms are shrinking, and everyone is carrying a camera and publishing their own content. To be a full-time endeavor, image creation requires a combination of business savvy, entrepreneurial spirit, and a love of constantly learning new digital tools. It means learning to pivot. Pivoting has been a necessary part of our organization’s history. How we will celebrate Our celebration will officially kick off in the fall of 2019 and culminate in the fall of 2020. During this time, chapters will be organizing special Strictly Business (SB) 2020 events in their regions. These will be regional conferences for education, inspiration and networking. Related:  ASMP Prepares for Launch of 75th Anniversary Year

Here’s what you can look forward to over the next twelve to eighteen months.

Kick-off Event: We begin our 75th-anniversary kickoff at the ASMP Annual Meeting in New York with ASMP Chair Marianne Lee and ASMP Executive Director Tom Kennedy on October 25. Please stop by!

Time Square Billboards: In celebration of our 75th Anniversary and in celebration of the great work of our members, we are bringing back the opportunity to have your work displayed on Times Square Billboards during one special evening on October 25th – in conjunction with Photo Plus Expo and the ASMP Annual Meeting.

Strictly Business 2020: A series of regional conferences around the country for education and networking starting in January 2020. See details below.

Strictly Business Webinars: Monthly Legal Clinics, Tech Talks, and ASMP Talks about current topics that provide business knowledge and tips on best practices for working photographer

ASMP Experts & Masters Podcasts: Tune in to candid conversations about the craft, business and culture of photography between legendary photographers, creatives, and thought leaders

ASMP Infinity Magazine Special Issue: We plan a second edition about the anniversary in Fall 2020.

Final Celebration: Closing out the 75th at a special gathering to coincide with Photoville in Brooklyn, NY, Fall 2020.

ASMP Chicago/ Midwest
Chicago, Illinois
January 17 – 18, 2020

ASMP South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
February 20 – 21, 2020

ASMP Colorado
Denver, Colorado
February 28 – March 1, 2020

ASMP Dallas
Dallas, Texas
March 28, 2020

ASMP Connecticut/ New England
Providence, Rhode Island
April 3-4, 2020

ASMP Southwest Chapters 
Phoenix, Arizona
October 9-10, 2020

ASMP Cleveland, Columbus, and Pittsburgh
October 11-12, 2020

ASMP Los Angeles
TBD 2020

ASMP Oregon
TBD 2020

More information about events will be posted shortly.