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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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George Floyd, Gordon Parks, and the Ominous Power of Photographs

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Editor’s Note: The late Gordon Parks was an ASMP Member. Cross-posted from Aperture [by Deborah Willis] From the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter, can images help fight injustice? As I reflect on photography and protest, I see it as my life in America from a lived experience to an act of memory. I am troubled by the images I’ve seen over the last two weeks, and I have been asked—by various people—what these…

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ASMP National Statement on Racial Justice

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Dear ASMP Community, As the past week of protests over George Floyd’s death reminded us, this is a time of very needed reckoning where each of us must come to terms with the inequality that underpins our society. Systemic and institutionalized racism exist in America and must be ended by conscious, collective action demanding change. We can begin with persistent self-examination, while pursuing continuing self-education, and relationship building that affirms dignity. We must take daily,...
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ASMP Town Hall: From 1968 to 2020 – American Again at a Crossroads – June 5, 2020

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  Friday June 5 @ 3pm ET 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 is pre-empting this week’s regularly scheduled Friday Town Hall.  Instead, we will host “From 1968 to 2020: America Again at a Crossroads.” We are honored to have Professor Leon Dash of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and photographer/filmmaker Samantha...
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A Shaking of the Foundations: America’s Time of Reckoning

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On Friday, May 29, at the beginning of ASMP’s Friday Town Hall webinar, Executive Director Tom Kennedy called for a moment of silence in light of events that continue to rock the nation.  We’re sharing that clip here along with further thoughts from Tom. Last week, America saw two terrible events come together to reveal the fault lines that exist in the bedrock of our society. We passed the grim milestone of 100,000 lives lost...
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