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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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Streetwise Through The Ages

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Editor’s Note: Magnum co-founder Henri Cartier-Bresson was an ASMP Member. Photographer Elliott Erwitt, mentioned in this article, is an ASMP Life Member. Cross-posted from PDN Photo of the Day [by Samantha Reinders] Magnum Streetwise, a new tome published by Thames & Hudson, is a deep rummage through Magnum Photo’s extensive archives bringing together over 300 images from some of the genres greatest street photography practitioners. As a discipline, it’s intrinsic to Magnum’s core, given that co-founder Henri Cartier-Bresson doubles as…

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Cover of Ansel Adams'Yosemite book

Book Feature | Ansel Adams’ Yosemite – The Special Edition Prints

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Editor’s Note: The late Ansel Adams was an ASMP Member. The book’s foreword was written by ASMP Member, Pete Souza. Cross-posted from SLR Lounge [by Sean Lewis] Of America’s National Parks, Yosemite’s unique rock formations, waterfalls, deep valleys and giant sequoias make it one of the most diverse and beautiful places to visit. While countless photographers have captured this epic landscape over the years, perhaps none are more closely associated with this (or any other)…

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Magazine ad for Revlon shot by Richard Avedon

Strike A Pose!

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Editor’s Note: Richard Avedon was an ASMP Life Member. Cross-posted from PDN Photo of the Day American fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon was known for breaking the photography boundaries in the fashion and political world. Ranging from work found in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and, later, The New Yorker, Avedon was able to capture the rare emotion and a unique essence of his subjects that many other photographers failed to do. (Although many have imitated him, and there is even…

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Going Once, Going Twice… and SOLD!

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Editor’s Note: Iconic photographers Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Richard Avedon, Imogen Cunningham, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Robert Capa, and Joel Meyerowitz were all past ASMP Members. Cross-posted from PDN Photo of the Day [by Samantha Reinders] The first issue of Aperture, a quarterly journal devoted to creative photography, launched in San Francisco back in 1952. Founded by a small circle of photographers and critics — Minor White, Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams among them— Aperture’s stated mission was…

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The Americans – Photographs by Robert Frank

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Editor’s Note: Documentary photographer and former ASMP Member Robert Frank died this week at the age of 94. The following book review appeared in The New York Times on the 50th anniversary of his book’s publication. Cross-posted from LensCulture [by Jim Casper] This is the photo book that redefined what a photo book could be — personal, poetic, real. First published in 1959, Robert Frank’s masterpiece still holds up — the selection of photos, and…

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Robert Frank Dies; Pivotal Documentary Photographer Was 94

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Editor’s Note: Robert Frank was a former ASMP Member. Cross-posted from The New York Times [by Philip Gefter] Robert Frank, one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, whose visually raw and personally expressive style was pivotal in changing the course of documentary photography, died on Monday in Inverness, on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. He was 94. His death, at Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, was confirmed by Peter MacGill, whose Pace-MacGill Gallery…

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A to Z of Photography: Weegee and Wet Plate Collodion

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Editor’s Note: The late Weegee (Arthur Fellig) was an ASMP Member. Cross-posted from FStoppers [by Mike Smith] The cult of celebrity is alive and kicking, now seemingly the domain of the “influencer”. However history is littered with photographers who attained celebrity status — step back 80 years and Weegee made the unusual step from press photographer to, well, influencer! This was long after the second of our two articles, which looks at the wet collodion…

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Photo by Margaret Bourke-White

The Photography of Margaret Bourke-White

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Editor’s Note: Margaret Bourke-White was an ASMP Life Member.  Cross-posted from The Atlantic.  [By Alan Taylor]  “Margaret Bourke-White was born in New York City in 1904, and grew up in rural New Jersey. She went on to study science and art at multiple universities in the United States from 1921 to 1927, then began a successful run as an industrial photographer, making notable images of factories and skyscrapers in the late 1920s. By 1929, she…

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