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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 and 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…

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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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Tales of Migration by Seventy-Five Artists

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Editor’s Note: The works of past ASMP members Dorothea Lange and Alfred Stieglitz are featured in this exhibition. Cross-posted from PDN Photo of the Day The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement features 75 historical and contemporary artists whose work poses urgent questions around the experiences and perceptions of migration and the current global refugee crisis. Presented by The Phillips Collection, the exhibition opens to the public on June 22, however, on June 20, The Phillips…

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10 Most Important War Photographers You Should Know

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Editor’s Note: War photographers Margaret Bourke-White and Robert Capa were both ASMP Life Members. Cross-posted from Expert Photography [by Craig Hull] Many male and female photographers place their lives on the line each day around the globe. These war photographers go out to report conflicts, battles and skirmishes. And to bring news to the public. Without these brave photographers, many issues may never have come to light. Here are 10 of the best war photographers…

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Rafael Alvarez: Dream Street Christmas, 2018

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Editor’s Note: The late W. Eugene Smith was an ASMP Member. Cross-posted from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette [by Rafael Alvarez] Let’s dream about something, as Gene Smith might have done as he took 17,000 photographs of Pittsburgh back when Ike was in the Oval; something more miraculous than a white Christmas. What if, in this season of giving, the fates allowed you to bestow anything — and I mean anything — upon one person? Who would…

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‘I Like Your Photographs Because They Are Beautiful’

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In the Tophane quarter, 1986.CreditAra Guler/Magnum Photos Photographer Ara Guler, who recently passed away at age 90, was the foremost chronicler of his city, Istanbul, and one of the great photographers of the last century into this one.  His friend, Nobel prize winner Orhan Pamuk, recently wrote a beautiful appreciation in the New York Times.  Guler’s evocative photographs were used extensively in a memoir by Pamuk, Illustrated Istanbul, and many of those images are on…

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Revisiting the Images of Alfred Stieglitz’s Camera Work Magazine

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Editor’s Note: The magazine that arguably brought the art of photography into the fine art world was published by Past ASMP Member Alfred Stieglitz. From 1902 until 1917, Camera Work contained high-quality photogravures and text (including the first published essay by Gertrude Stein), helping transform photography into both an accessible medium to the public at large, and elevating it to the level of what was considered “art”. Issues of Camera Work are exceedingly rare, and…

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Photography Ads of Yore: Newman and Nikon

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Editor’s Note: Arnold Newman was an ASMP Life Member. Cross-posted from PDNPulse [by Greg Scoblete] To reconnect with our history and the history of our industry, we descended into the dusty catacombs of the PDN archives, brushed away the cobwebs* and found some of those early issues to bring you a look at what was considered cutting edge at the time. You can browse the growing collection of old photography ads here. This installment dates…

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