75th Anniversary

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The beginning of ASMP

ASMP is celebrating its 75th Anniversary as a trade association. It began with a group of photojournalists banding together 1944 in New York and paying a $25 initiation fee. It was the year of the beachheads of Normandy and World War II was beginning to wind down. Photojournalists felt the need to talk about the
issues concerning them — especially around compensation and working conditions. They realized the need to protect, inform, and advocate for visual creators.

Anniversary Theme: “2020 Vision”

Our diamond anniversary is extremely special because we know that the organization has evolved from being one of exclusivity to one of inclusivity. In this digital age, it’s becoming more and more difficult to make a living as a visual creator. Newsrooms are shrinking, and everyone is carrying a camera and publishing their own content. To be a full-time endeavor, image creation requires a combination of business savvy, entrepreneurial spirit, and a love of constantly learning new digital tools. It means learning to pivot. Pivoting has been a necessary part of our organization’s history. How we will celebrate Our celebration will officially kick off in the fall of 2019 and culminate in the fall of 2020. During this time, chapters will be organizing special Strictly Business (SB) 2020 events in their regions. These will be regional conferences for education, inspiration and networking.

Celebration Overview

Here’s what you can look forward to over the next twelve to eighteen months.

Kick Off Celebration

ASMP Best Of Photo Contest
Kicking off late summer of 2019

Times Square billboard event
Discounted rates and roadblock event.

Final celebration
Coincides with Photoville in fall
of 2020.
Strictly Business 2020
Regional conferences for educating and networking.

ASMP Foundation
Reinvigorated with the goal of supporting photographers

ASMP Experts & Masters podcast and live broadcast events
Regular monthly podcasts recorded live at headquarters and on location in NYC.
ASMP Infinity magazine
Our semi-annual magazine featuring members and shared with influencers.

ASMP Strictly Business Blog
Content to inform and feature members