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.

Related:  ASMP Prepares for Launch of 75th Anniversary Year This Month

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

National Chapter Events

ASMP Chicago/ Midwest
January 17 – 18, 2020

ASMP South Carolina
February 20 – 21, 2020
Speakers: Johnny Andrews, Selena Maitreya, Jenna Close

ASMP Colorado
February 28 – March 1, 2020
Keynote by Jenna Close

ASMP Dallas
March 7, 2020

ASMP Connecticut/ New England
The Graduate Hotel, Providence, RI.
April 3-4, 2020

ASMP Southwest Chapters 
Parkwood Studio, Phoenix, AZ
October 9-10, 2020

ASMP Los Angeles
Los Angeles
TBD, 2020

ASMP Cleveland, Columbus, and Pittsburgh
TBD, 2020

ASMP Oregon
TBD, 2020
Speakers: Selina Maitreya and Jenna Close