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Growing Your Audience

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The Secret Sauce is You By Andrew Fingerman Why does marketing yourself seem so hard? What makes things increasingly hard is that nobody wants to be sold to anymore. Historically speaking, sales and marketing has been very interruptive. We’re all so busy — we don’t want to be interrupted. If I’m going to let myself get distracted to take your sales call, that means I’m putting my stuff aside in favor of your stuff, and…

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COVER ARTIST: Jay Maisel

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New York, NY www.jaymaisel.com Jay Maisel favors life’s unscripted moments. “I don’t like to prepare well, because I’ve always thought it takes away from the spontaneity in what I’m gonna shoot,” he says. His approach to photography is disarmingly simple. “I’m trying not to look for anything — I’m trying to have it come to me,” he explains in a recent PDN video clip. Two new publications aptly bookend Maisel’s extraordinary career with his signature…

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Disrupting the Status Quo

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ASMP’s Revamped Social Media Channels Have you checked out ASMP’s Facebook or Twitter feeds recently? If not, you’ll find that the formerly broadcast-oriented and ASMP-centric channels have been revamped with a new, more interactive approach. To get the skinny on all the enhancements, we asked ASMP’s communications chair, Luke Copping, to respond to a few questions about ASMP’s social media presence. This is the complete Q&A that was used as raw material for a short…

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COVER ARTIST: Diana Markosian

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New York, NY www.dianamarkosian.com Diana Markosian didn’t set out on a photo career. “I studied history because I wanted to be a writer,” she says. “I wanted to be aware of the world and my role in it.” Image making popped up during her graduate studies in Journalism at Columbia University. Since graduating in 2010, she has embedded herself in some of the world’s most remote regions, to create visual narratives that explore the relationship…

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Celebrating Gene Mopsik

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A Dynamic and Dashing Photo Industry Leader On November 5, 2014, Eugene Mopsik was presented with the Young Photographers Alliance (YPA) Legend Award during an elegant fundraising gala at New York’s Morgan Library & Museum. In celebration of that accomplishment and in consideration of Gene’s 12 years of dedicated service as ASMP’s executive director, we’re publishing an excerpt from the letter of recommendation submitted for this award on his behalf, along with a select image…

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Meet Tom Kennedy

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ASMP’s New Executive Director On January 1, 2015, ASMP welcomed Tom Kennedy as its new executive director. Kennedy comes to the helm with 40 years of experience in print and online journalism and an international reputation as a visual communicator. His career background includes posts as deputy graphics editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, director of photography at National Geographic and managing editor, multimedia at the Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, in addition to extensive teaching experience. Kennedy has created, directed…

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COVER ARTIST: Stewart Cohen

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Dallas, Texas www.stewartcohen.com Stewart Cohen eats, breathes and lives photography, with ample desire and a determination to succeed. After 30 years of shooting and directing both motion and stills, he is more excited than ever to wake up every morning and get to work. Cohen cites his love of working with people and his ability to connect with subjects as his most valuable professional tools. “The performance is the thing that makes the image work,”…

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Social Media Risks and Rewards

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Leveling the Playing Field ASMP Fights for Photographers’ Rights From Overreaching Terms Of Service Every day, we upload our lives onto social media, from pictures of our home-cooked dinner to depictions of friendly greetings to portraits of our loved ones. For the average person, it’s just digital exhaust. Yet, for professional photographers, the stakes are much higher. Photographers upload their livelihood to social media, to build a brand and attract clients. But a large percentage…

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COVER ARTIST: Ormond Gigli

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West Stockbridge, Massachusetts www.ormondgigli.com A native New Yorker, Ormond Gigli’s sensational photographic run spanned more than 30 years of editorial and advertising assignments in collaboration with international celebrities and dance and theatre personalities — on stage and in exotic locales. His self-assigned image, Girls in the Windows, is a classic example of Gigli’s mastery of vision and technique. As a construction crew was dismantling the brownstones across from his midtown Manhattan studio in 1960, inspiration…

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