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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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For International Women’s Day, This Photographer Took Photos Of Women That Represent People With Disabilities And Visible Differences

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Cross-posted from deMilked For this year’s International Women’s Day, Zebedee, a modeling and talent agency that represents people with disabilities and visible differences, decided to have a special photoshoot, showcasing the real and unique beauty many of us tend to underappreciate. “When it comes to gender equality, especially in media and the fashion industry, women with disabilities and visible differences often find themselves left out of the narrative,” says Zebedee. “Disabled people are the most underrepresented minority in…

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Susan Meiselas: Prince Street Girls

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Cross-posted from Magnum.  In the 1970s, one of the great documentary photographers, Susan Meiselas, moved to Mott Street in New York… “on the outskirts of a neighborhood in downtown Manhattan, known as ‘Little Italy’ because of its largely immigrant Italian population. Meiselas was an outsider in the neighborhood, but a chance encounter soon changed that, forming the beginnings of a long-term photographic series about youth and femininity in the 1970s. Cycling home one day, she…

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5-Year-Old Girl Recreates Iconic Photos Of Black Women For Black History Month

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Cross-posted from DeMilked If you’re unfamiliar with what Black History Month is, it’s an annual observance celebrated in February. During this month, people celebrate historical events and the important achievements of African-Americans. Three years ago, Cristi Smith-Jones came up with a creative way of celebrating this important month with her 5-year-old daughter. For each day of the month, Cristi had her daughter recreate an iconic photo of an influential black woman, resulting in an interesting and unique…

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These 6 Women Shaped Photojournalism During LIFE’s Heyday

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Cross-posted from Artsy and The New York Times Lens Blog.  [by Jacqui Palumbo – Artsy and Will Heinrich – Lens]  “Combined, those six photographers shot over 325,000 images from the 1930s to the early 1970s. Kushner, along with fellow curators Sarah Gordon, Erin Levitsky, and William J. Simmons, selected one story from each woman that showed a different facet of Luce’s idea of American eminence. However, by showing unpublished images, too, they peeled back the…

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Questions with an Educator: Beth Green

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Beth Green. Beth is a New York-based, fine arts photographer, who was one of the first women to cross the threshold into shooting sports photography. She has been an advocate for female photojournalists throughout her career, and she has seen the differentiation between male and female photographers fade. She also spent time as a photo editor for Newsweek before opening Beth Green Studios in 1989. Here, she details how her career led…

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Captain Marvel Star Brie Larson Wants Women Photographers to Photograph Her

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Cross-posted from PDNPulse [by Holly Hughes] Actress Brie Larson stars in Captain Marvel, the first in the Marvel cinematic franchise to feature a female superhero as the lead. Larson is using her press junket for the blockbuster movie to advocate for women photographers, and for reporters and photographers of color. An interview with Larson on the fashion site Who What Wear notes that the actress “hand-selected local female photographers to do shoots at different stops…

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