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George Floyd, Gordon Parks, and the Ominous Power of Photographs

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Editor’s Note: The late Gordon Parks was an ASMP Member. Cross-posted from Aperture [by Deborah Willis] From the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter, can images help fight injustice? As I reflect on photography and protest, I see it as my life in America from a lived experience to an act of memory. I am troubled by the images I’ve seen over the last two weeks, and I have been asked—by various people—what these…

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ASMP National Statement on Racial Justice

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Dear ASMP Community, As the past week of protests over George Floyd’s death reminded us, this is a time of very needed reckoning where each of us must come to terms with the privileges and inequality that underpin society.  Systemic and institutionalized racism still exists in America and must be ended by conscious, collective action demanding that change occurs.  We can begin with persistent self-examination, while pursuing continuing education, and relationship building that affirms dignity. …

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What We Learned This Week: How to Photograph Protests Safely and Responsibly

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Cross-posted from Pro Photo Daily [by David Schonauer] It’s a dangerous time out there. Cities are under curfew. Militarized police are using weapons of war against unarmed civilians Neighborhoods are mobilizing offline. And our highest government officials are threatening violence on social media. This week we took note of the harassment and violence the photojournalists have faced while covering protests. We also spotlighted some tips from Wired for staying safe if you’re going to head out to protest and…

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Longtime ASMP Member Phiz Mezey Passes Away at Age 94

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Phiz Mezey’s social justice principles, strong will, independent spirit and curiosity about how people live informed her work as a photographer, writer and teacher. The longtime San Francisco resident passed away peacefully at home, May 10, 2020. She was born in Harlem, New York, and grew up in the Bronx. Her interests in writing and photography were already developing in her early teens. By age 16, she was writing for Irish Echo, a Bronx weekly…

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Third Senate IP Subcommittee Hearing on DMCA: The ‘Grand Bargain’ Is No Longer Working

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Editor’s Note: In one of the hearings held yesterday, ASMP Member Jeff Sedlik testified on behalf of all the visual groups, including ASMP, that work together regularly as a coalition when doing our advocacy work. Cross-posted from IPWatchdog [by Eileen McDermott] In the first part of a two-panel hearing today on whether the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is working for the 21st Century, Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Ranking Member Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) said…

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ASMP Condemns Attacks on Journalists

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In the most forceful terms, ASMP condemns the attacks on journalists, photojournalists and video journalists during the protests taking place in the wake of George Floyd’s tragic killing. The attacks we are seeing are wholly unjustified and completely unacceptable. Members of the press who are reporting on the aftermath of this tragedy are doing so in order to keep their fellow citizens informed. Their work is crucial as a vehicle in holding those in power…

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Copyright Alliance Statement on Book Publishers’ Infringement Suit Against Internet Archive

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Eileen Bramlet 571-228-1906 Washington, D.C. – Today, the Copyright Alliance released a statement regarding the Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) copyright infringement suit against the Internet Archive (IA) on behalf of numerous U.S. book publishers: According to CEO Keith Kupferschmid, “Today, AAP filed suit against the Internet Archive on behalf of numerous book publisher members, including Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, John Wiley & Sons, and Penguin Random House. The…

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Remembering Photographer Elsa Dorfman

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Cross-posted from WGBH [by Emily Rooney] Photographer Elsa Dorfman, best known for her large-scale Polaroid images, died Saturday in Cambridge at age 83. Dorfman’s unique art form – giant 20-by-24 inch Polaroids — featured regular people wearing everyday clothing always in front of a plain white matte background. Dorfman said when she was young, her mother wondered why she couldn’t get a secretarial job and live at home, like all the other nice Jewish girls….

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