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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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LaToya Ruby Frazier, American Witness

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Cross-posted from The New York Times Style Magazine.  [By Zoë Lescase]  “Frazier’s radical empathy has brought her to places whose occupants have every reason to distrust outsiders. She photographs communities gutted by unemployment, poverty, racism and environmental degradation, seeking out subjects dehumanized or ignored by the mainstream media. At 39, she sees her life’s work as an archive of humanity, one that particularly documents the courage and diversity of blue-collar workers and the consequences of…

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8 Photobooks by Contemporary Women Photographers

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Cross-posted from Aperture.  “From Justine Kurland’s imagined runaways to Deana Lawson’s dramatic portraiture, here are essential titles by today’s leading artists. Since its founding in 1952, Aperture has elevated the voices of women artists and published important works by female photographers, including inspiring volumes by Nan Goldin, Deana Lawson, Sally Mann, and more. Now, in celebration of Women’s History Month, we’ve gathered eight essential titles by today’s leading contemporary women artists.” 8 Photobooks by Contemporary…

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Man Loses HR Day Job, Becomes WaPo and NY Times Photographer

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Cross-posted from PetaPixel. [By Phil Mistry]  “At the beginning of 2020, Cornell Watson’s full-time job was in human resources. At the end of the year, he was shooting for the New York Times and Washington Post and creating fine-art projects for which he has received a $20,000 grant award.” “‘The last two years have felt like I was on a photography crash course,’ says Watson. ‘I’ve attended two in-person photography conferences with the Family Narrative. The…

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The Black Photographer Making History at Vanity Fair

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Cross-posted from The New York Times. [By Jessica Testa] “Until about two weeks ago, Dario Calmese didn’t know he was the first Black photographer to shoot the cover of Vanity Fair. But he had a suspicion, so he asked the editors, who went digging. “There was an image that had long lingered in Mr. Calmese’s personal reference folder: ‘The Scourged Back,’ an 1863 portrait of an enslaved man whose back is ravaged by whipping scars….

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PRESS RELEASE: ASMP Announces Formation of Advisory Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Systemic and institutionalized racism exist in America and must be ended by conscious, collective action demanding change. Though ASMP has a history of commitment to supporting voices for racial justice in the United States, as exemplified by the 1960’s-era Equal Rights Committee, a fair critique makes plain our need to do much more today to address the underlying causes and effects of systemic racism.   –  ASMP, June 9, 2020   Today, as…

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‘For My People’: Baltimore Photographer Devin Allen Lands Second Time Cover, Again Capturing Protests Against Police

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Cross-posted from baltimoresun.com [by Colin Campbell] Devin Allen, the West Baltimore photographer whose photo of the unrest over the death of Freddie Gray ran on the front of Time magazine, is back on the cover, five years later. Allen, the inaugural Gordon Parks Foundation Fellow, took his latest Time cover photo, of people lying on the street during a Black Trans Lives Matter protest in downtown Baltimore, on June 5. The headline, “The Overdue Awakening,”…

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Gordon Parks and George Floyd

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Dear Friends, Gordon Parks never met George Floyd but they knew the same struggle, they knew the corrosive toll of racism, they knew what it meant to live under the veil of suspicion and violence from people charged with protecting their lives. Gordon Parks and George Floyd had something else in common: the city of Minneapolis. George Floyd left Houston for the Twin Cities in 2014, searching for a better life just as Gordon Parks…

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“The Movement and The Moment,” An ASMP Town Hall in Two Parts — June 12

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Friday, June 12 @ 3PM ET Today, America is contending with twin pandemics. These two – systemic racism and COVID-19 – must be addressed, and each of us has a role to play in defeating them. In this week’s ASMP Friday Town Hall No.13, “The Movement and The Moment: A Town Hall in Two Parts,” Executive Director Tom Kennedy’s special guest is Archy LaSalle, a fine art photographer based in Boston and the founder of “WHERE...
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A Special ASMP Town Hall: “1968-2020: America Again at a Crossroads” – Video

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In light of recent national events and in the interest of catalyzing individual and collective reflection on what we need to do to move our country forward, ASMP pre-empted this week’s regularly scheduled Friday Town Hall. Instead, we hosted “From 1968 to 2020: America Again at a Crossroads.” We were honored to have Professor Leon Dash of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and photographer/filmmaker Samantha Isom as our distinguished guests for this program. Professor...
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