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ASMP Announces Candidates for 2020 National Board Election

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ASMP is pleased to announce the names of the six candidates vying for the four open seats in the upcoming 2020 National Board of Directors election that will take place between March 2nd and March 16th. In alphabetical order, along with chapter affiliation, the six 2020 National Board candidates are: Thomas Donley  – New York Rana Faure – New York Nicholas Freeman – Los Angeles Brian James – Greater Florida Felicia Perretti – Philadelphia Michael…

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FREE ASMP Legal Clinic: Photographers, Assistants, Employees and Contractors

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February 25, 2020 @1pm EST (12pm CST, 11am MST, 10am PST) Recently, ASMP and NPPA joined forces in a Legal Clinic to discuss California law AB5, and how freelance photographers are being affected not only in CA and NY, but across the country. But what about the other side — photographers who hire assistants, digital techs, and other support staff? Are these people independent contractors or employees? What is the criteria? If you misclassify, what…

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The Daily Edit: The Group

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Editor’s Note: Tracy + David are ASMP Professional Members and part of The Group in Los Angeles. Cross-posted from aPhotoEditor [by Heidi Volpe] Heidi: Why did you choose to form this? The Group: It has become harder and harder for individual photographers to secure a book showing at advertising agencies. We’ve banded together a diverse group of photographers in order to efficiently meet with agencies where solo shooters might have more difficulty securing a show….

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A Conversation with Photographer Brooke DiDonato Explores the Process and Inspiration Behind Her Surreal Imagery

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Cross-posted from Colossal.  [By Christopher Jobson]   Brooke DiDonato is a fine art and assignment photographer in New York.  “…last year was a busy year for me with jobs. I shot a campaign for a shoe company in Berlin, and I also did a project for mental health awareness with Refinery 29. So I had a few really cool and big projects last year that pulled me away from art, but for the latter part…

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Keeping The Country

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Cross-posted from The Bitter Southerner.  [By Michael Adno, Photography by Michael Adno and Cavin Brothers]  “In southwest Florida, nothing seemed as central to the  as mystery and myth. Over the course of centuries, the region has remained largely untouched. But in the past few decades, increased development and population growth threatened to pave over this little-known wilderness. But some folks want to keep the ranch country, well, country.” Keeping The Country

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Interview with David Hume Kennerly

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Cross-posted from Musée.  [By Kala Herh]  David Hume Kennerly, longtime ASMP member, Pulitzer Prize winner for his work in Vietnam, personal photographer to a president, has seen and done it all.  “The way I was brought up in the business, especially during my time as a UPI wire service photographer, was not to take hundreds and hundreds of pictures hoping to get a good one, but rather just wait until the moment happens.  How many…

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Chechnya: Images of a Forgotten War. Thomas Dworzak’s coverage of the First Chechen War, 25 Years On

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Cross-posted from Magnum.  [By Lawrence Sheets]  “A quarter of a century ago, ill-prepared and ill-equipped Russian troops were sent into Chechnya, a breakaway republic whose leadership had in 1991 recently declared itself free from Moscow’s influence. Magnum photographer Thomas Dworzak had been working in the country for some time before hostilities commenced, and his images of the war reflect his connection to the place and its people. Lawrence Sheets, Moscow Bureau Chief covering the Caucasus…

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Questions with an Educator: Dr. T.J. Thomson

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Dr. T.J. Thomson. T.J. is a former visual journalist and current professor in visual communication and media at the Queensland University of Technology. He is the 2019 Anne Dunn Scholar of the Year and is the author of “To See and Be Seen: The Environments, Interactions, and Identities Behind News Images” (published in 2019 by Rowan & Littlefield International). He describes here his transition from industry to academia,…

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The Impact of AB5 on Authors and Journalists

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Cross-posted from The Authors Guild.  [By Jonathan Kirsch]  The new California law, AB5, has caused quite a bit of alarm on the part of photographers and freelancers of all kinds, all affected in similar ways – including being confused.  The respected and experienced IP attorney Jonathan Kirsch has written an ordinary language article that will help anyone get a handle on how the law might affect them – and, no less, he references photographers several…

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The Photographer of Choice for Influencers Is Everywhere

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Bryant Eslava, 27, shoots the biggest online stars, and in the process, has become one himself. Cross-posted from The New York Times.  [By Taylor Lorenz]  “There are several big milestones in an influencer’s life: hitting a million followers, getting your first brand deal, and (for the very lucky) landing a photo shoot with Bryant Eslava. Mr. Eslava, a 27-year-old photographer, is known for working with the biggest social media stars, often before they hit the…

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