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Interview with ASMP Founder Andreas Feininger

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Editor’s Note: For National Photography Month, ASMP is featuring past interviews of the legends and influencers involved in the early years of the American Society of Magazine Photographers (name changed in 1992 to the American Society of Media Photographers to reflect the diversity of member work). Our third featured interview is with photojournalist Andreas Feininger. View timeline of ASMP history. Andreas Feininger Bio Andreas Feininger was his own United Nations: born in Paris to an…

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Interview with ASMP Founder Charlotte Brooks

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Editor’s Note: For National Photography Month, ASMP is featuring past interviews of the legends and influencers involved in the early years of the American Society of Magazine Photographers (name changed in 1992 to the American Society of Media Photographers to reflect the diversity of member work). Our second featured interview is photojournalist Charlotte Brooks. View timeline of ASMP history. Charlotte Brooks Bio Cross-posted from the Library of Congress Biographical Essays Brooks was born Charlotte Finkelstein in…

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Interview with ASMP Founder Bradley Smith

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Editor's Note: For National Photography Month, ASMP will be featuring past interviews of the legends and influencers involved in the early years of the American Society of Magazine Photographers (name changed in 1992 to the American Society of Media Photographers to reflect the diversity of member work). Our first featured interview is Bradley Smith. See more about timeline of ASMP history. Interview: Bradley Smith Mimi Leipzig and Kay Reese recorded this interview with Bradley smith...
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Member Spotlight: Sonia Katchian, Blazing Trails

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ASMP Celebrating Women’s History Month. Interviewed by Rana Faure, ASMP National Board of Directors Since the dawn of photography, women have blazed their own distinct, though largely unheralded, paths. Sonia Katchian, a 49-year member of ASMP, is one of these women. A resident of NYC, Tokyo, and now Chapel Hill, Sonia recently recounted her journey in photojournalism. From her stories, it seems clear that, despite the challenges, she identified the opportunities that interested her and…

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Photo of Dorothea Lange in California

Trailblazers in Light – Celebrating Women in Photojournalism

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Image of Dorothea Lange: Library of Congress During Women's History Month, we celebrate the incredibly talented ASMP women photojournalists who blazed a trail and others who continue to blaze trails documenting the world around them. Legendary women photojournalists who were members of ASMP include Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke-White, Mary Ellen Mark, Eve Arnold, and Berenice Abbott among others. They are highlighted in the work of the team at Trailblazers in Light, a site established to...
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How Photography Tells the Story of Civil War’s Black Soldiers

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Editor’s Note: As we celebrate Black History Month, this article is a reminder that there is an incredible import of photography when printed words do not exist to tell a story. Cross-posted from smithsonianmag.com [by Isis Davis-Marks] When Deborah Willis was growing up, her teachers seldom mentioned the black soldiers who’d fought in the American Civil War. Years later, when the Philadelphia native became a curator—working first at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and then at the Smithsonian…

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Famed Civil Rights Photographer, Past ASMP President Matt Herron Dies in Glider Accident

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Famed Civil Rights photographer, activist, and past ASMP President Matt Herron, who captured poignant moments of the civil rights era in the South including the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, died in a glider crash in Lake County, California on Friday, August 7, 2020. Matt was an ASMP Life Member, having joined ASMP in 1964. “During the 80’s,  Herron became active with the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). He served…

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A Special Juneteenth Town Hall Conversation – “Generations in the Making: A Reckoning with America’s History”

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Friday, June 19 @ 3 p.m. ET ASMP is pre-empting our regularly scheduled Friday Town Hall in recognition of Juneteenth.  Our distinguished guest is award-winning journalist, educator, speaker and editor Mary C. Curtis. The current American moment is not only about George Floyd.  It’s not only about law enforcement.  It’s about the systemic racism that has been present in our society and culture since before the country’s founding.  It affects every facet of American life. ...
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Mississippi Eyes by Matt Herron

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8.10.20 Editor's Note: Famed Civil Rights photographer, activist, and past ASMP President Matt Herron, who captured poignant moments of the civil rights era in the South including the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, died in a glider crash in Lake County, California on Friday, August 7, 2020. Lending their eyes to the cause of civil rights during the pivotal summer of 1964, a team of five young photographers attempted to document...
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Members Invited to Assist with Expansion of Society’s Archives

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​The Archives of the American Society of Media Photographers (the “Society”)  is a preeminent collection of primary sources documenting the history of the Society and photography in America, and ASMP is dedicated to preserving the association’s work product and the contribution of work product by the association’s members in their roles as industry leaders and influencers. As the Society arrives at its 75th anniversary, the ASMP National Board and its staff is working to establish…

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