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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 privileges and inequality that underpin society.  Systemic and institutionalized racism still exists in America and must be ended by conscious, collective action demanding that change occurs.  We can begin with persistent self-examination, while pursuing continuing education, and relationship building that affirms dignity. …

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A New Perspective on War and Conflict

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Cross-posted from The British Journal of Photography. [By Hannah Abel-Hirsch] “An exhibition and photobook chart the almost 30-year career of An-My Lê, tracing her distinct approach to visualising conflicts – past and present.” “With her contemplative, large-format images, Lê muddies our understanding of conflicts past and present; she does not limit us to one line of understanding by thrusting straightforward depictions upon us. Drawing on historical representations of war, and the traditions of 19th and…

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Hollywood Submits COVID-19 Reopening Plan From Studios, Unions & Producers To NY & CA Governors

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Cross-posted from Deadline. [By Dominic Patten] Photographers waiting to go back to work will be following rules regarding safety that will be set by states, municipalities, and departments of health, all of whom will incorporate guidance from television and movie producers, along with unions and others who work on set. A coalition of those industry players has produced a PDF to address safety issues. “‘The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the ‘Task Force’) respectfully submits the following…

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ASMP Condemns Attacks on Journalists

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In the most forceful terms, ASMP condemns the attacks on journalists, photojournalists and video journalists during the protests taking place in the wake of George Floyd’s tragic killing. The attacks we are seeing are wholly unjustified and completely unacceptable. Members of the press who are reporting on the aftermath of this tragedy are doing so in order to keep their fellow citizens informed. Their work is crucial as a vehicle in holding those in power…

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Don Farber, Visions of Buddhist Life by Andy Romanoff

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Cross-posted from The Eye Of Photography.  [By Andy Romanoff] “In 1988, after my book, Taking Refuge in LA: Life in a Vietnamese Buddhist Temple was published and I had made two trips to Asia, I decided to move from photographing Buddhist life in microcosm in LA to photographing Buddhist life in macrocosm with the goal to photograph Buddhist life in all the traditionally Buddhist countries in Asia as well as Buddhism in the West. I…

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Continuity of Purpose: A Photographic Legacy from Ruth Orkin to Her Daughter

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Cross-posted from B&H Explora Photography Features. [By Jill Waterman] “A photographer’s gift is to record his or her encounters with the world in pictures. If that photographer meets with success, pictures from their archive are published in magazines and books, exhibited in museums and galleries, licensed for commercial use, and sold as prints. With careful planning, these images have a life that endures well beyond that of the artist, through the continuing efforts of a…

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John Loengard (1934-2020)

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Cross-posted from The Eye Of Photography. [By David Friend] “John Loengard, the esteemed Life magazine photographer and director of photography passed away due to medical complications on May 24. This homage is adapted from the preface to Loengard’s 2011 book, Age of Silver: Encounters With Great Photographers (PowerHouse).” “‘He treated photographers as if they were like him—intelligent—not button-pushers,” says photographer Harry Benson. “He took the photographer’s line, often against the [publishing] company, which was a…

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Are You a Knowledge Hoarder?

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Cross-posted from Paul Boag Blog.  Boag is a highly-respected web developer, educator, and writer.  In his latest post, Boag suggests that being transparent with your peers and colleagues – and clients – about what you do and how you do it will lead to more work, not less.  The same is true of any creative entrepreneur, and that includes photographers. “The fact that I share so much for free works in my favour, not against…

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Fair Enough

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Cross-posted from Fine Woodworking. [By Nancy R. Hiller] Business is business, and a fair price depends on you can afford to charge. “When it comes to pricing, the minimal definition of fairness (in the sense of justness) to a maker is that her charges should cover her cost of living and doing business. “What someone else, amateur or professional, might charge to build a similar piece is irrelevant to the fairness of the price I…

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