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Stay Organized with Project Prescription – New ASMP Member Benefit

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From start to finish of any client project, you’ve got to provide documents to clients that help you stand out, get paid, and keep every job on track. The Project Prescription is a set of digital documents that enable you to bypass the trial and error of developing a process for working with clients. This isn’t theory about what might work — it’s hard data from the trenches on what does work. And now we’re…

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Screenshot of article posted on the New York Times web site.

50 Years After Prague Spring, Lessons on Freedom (and a Broken Spirit)

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Editor’s Note: It is often said that journalism – and photojournalism – produces the first draft of history. The incomparable Czech photographer Josef Koudelka did his share of documenting events as they happened; many of those photographs illustrate an article in the New York Times about the Prague Spring 50 years ago, where, for a moment, it looked like a Communist country was going to break free until the Russians sent in tanks and hundreds…

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Questions with a Pro: Stewart Cohen

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This week’s Questions with a Pro features Stewart Cohen. Stewart is a Canadian born photographer and director who is known for his ability to seamlessly bring together all of the various moving parts in both large and small-scale productions. He moves seamlessly between both still and motion works, but also enjoys bringing his work together in different forms such as monographs. He has travelled the world with his work and has been recognized by Adweek as Photographer…

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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

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Editor’s Note: The filmmaker Errol Morris’s work often looks at how we perceive what is true, not so true, and a lie. Some years back, he wrote a series of pieces for the New York Times examining those questions in photography, and he take remains as insightful as ever. Via the NPPA newsletter, and from the Opinionator Pages in the New York Times. Cross-posted from the New York Times [by Errol Morris] Pictures are supposed…

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ASMP Wants to Promote You Every Minute of Every Day!

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Get Discovered. With just a couple of clicks, you might be creating the profile needed to be offered the assignment of a lifetime. If you are an ASMP member and you don’t already have a profile set up in Find a Photographer or Find an Assistant, log in and get your profile set up today.  Click on Find a Photographer in the asmp.org site’s main navigation bar, and then click on either Edit Find a…

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Jeff Bara Featured in 2018 Architectural Photographer Issue of Commercial Architecture Magazine

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Chicago-based Jeff Bara was recently named one of 11 architectural photographers featured in the 2018 Architectural Photographer Issue of Commercial Architecture Magazine. In speaking about the release of the 2018 Architectural Photographer Issue, the editors at Commercial Architecture stated: “Beautiful architecture should be shared. Sharing it requires a skilled photographer who knows how to use light, composition, and equipment to bring out the best in a design. Commercial Architecture’s editors are pleased to present a…

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Questions with an Educator: Jon Van de Grift

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This week’s Questions with an Educator features Jon Van de Grift. Jon is a Boulder, Colorado based photographer and educator specializing in aerial photography. He teaches environmental science, geography, and atmospheric science, and thus, has intense concern for the world around us. He works to capture our world from an alternative perspective; the perspective of the atmosphere itself. This desire takes him to great heights on mountain summits and in high altitude aircrafts. Here, Jon describes what…

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The Photographer’s Contract – Everything You Need to Know

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Cross-posted from notesfromarepsjournal.com [by Heather Elder] In the current climate of awareness and ownership of “how” one does business, photographers, reps, and producers need to be well rounded with the law. Knowing the importance of contracts and understanding them helps us to make informed decisions and be able to push back on some of the language that isn’t in our best interest or the best interest of our clients. Being able to dissect and understand…

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The Problem(s) with Fashion Photography

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Editor’s Note: Fashion photography continues to exist with tensions regarding its legitimacy within the museum, collecting, and fine art community, despite museum retrospectives including – or comprising – fashion photographs going back many decades. Is it an argument about the purity of fine art? The impurity of commercial work? Yes and no. Using the current exhibit at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography 1911-2011, Richard B. Woodward…

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ASMP Launches Educator Forum

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ASMP is pleased to announce the launch of the Educator Forum in the ASMP Forums to provide a platform for educator members interested in expanding one’s world beyond current institution or organization, and encourage the sharing of information about all things academic – events, networking, curriculum, assessments, mentoring, and other topics that are of interest to educators. Log in to view all Forums

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