PSPF Symposium: ASMP Presents Creating a Vision for the Future of the Industry

by | Sep 22, 2020 | 75th Anniversary, Strictly Business Blog

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Join ASMP at the Palm Springs Photo Festival

SYMPOSIUM – The Future of the Industry: Creative Opportunities Tuesday, September 22nd 5:00pm – 6:30pmPT

As ASMP celebrates its 75th Anniversary, the organization looks forward to the future of photography and the ramifications in the creative and business realms.

During 2020, ASMP has been on the forefront of assisting photographers and visual creators cope with the challenges of the destructive worldwide pandemic. The recently released “ASMP’s Health + Safety Guide for COVID-19: A Protocol for Visual Creators” was created by ASMP and Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel and his team, establishing a benchmark for the photo industry. Likewise, “ASMP’s Business + Legal Guide for COVID-19: A Protocol for Visual Creators” which launches on September 11, 2020, will set the standard for understanding how the pandemic affects your business and legal responsibilities.

It is against this backdrop that ASMP is presenting “The Future of the Industry: Creative Opportunities” symposium to explore how different creators are approaching how they are adapting to a new culture.  ASMP National Board Chair Marianne Lee will moderate this symposium with panelists including Kat Dalager, Art Producer and Director of Operations at Carmichael Lynch, Tracey Woods, photo/visuals director, consultant, and artist; and photographers Matt Rainwaters and Cara Robbins. Our panelists bring a varied and unique perspectives on what kinds of opportunities they see for creatives in the future.

Access the Symposium

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Meet the Panelists

Kat Dalager
Kat is and has been an avid supporter of the creative and advertising communities for decades. Starting her career as an artist’s representative, she went on to establish the Art Production department at Carmichael Lynch, where she’s recently returned as the Director of Operations. In between, she’s worked at The Martin Agency, Campbel Mithun, Target, Life Time Fitness, Hogarth Worldwide and Best Buy. She’s a Past President of the Advertising Federation of Minnesota and is currently on advisory committees for MCTC’s and Dunwoody College’s Photography and Design Programs. Over the years, she’s been a speaker and advocate for ASMP, APA and PhotoPlus Expo. Kat loves all genres and styles of photography.

Tracey Woods
Tracey Woods is an award winning photo/visuals director, creative producer consultant and artist. For her most recent project in June and July 2020, she created artwork for Macy’s flagship stores in New York, San Francisco and Chicago. She was previously at Essence, where she oversaw the photography content for the brand working across all of it’s platforms. Prior to that she freelanced for various editorial and advertising clients that included: Wiley Publishing, Ladies Home Journal, Bon Appetit, Instyle Specials and Revlon. Tracey received her MFA in photography from Pratt Institute and BA in graphic design from Rhode Island College.

Cara Robbins
Whether focused on an artist, model, entertainer, or friend, Cara Robbins’ photos aim to bridge the gap between subject and camera. Cara graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography and is based in Los Angeles, where she works primarily in commercial portraiture and lifestyle photography. Her images are intimate, thoughtful, and distinctly personal — a true and honest reflection of both the person and the moment they’re captured in.

Matt Rainwaters
The book that changed it all for me was a TimeLife photo book titled Documentary Photography. All at once I was exposed to Robert Frank, Walker Evans, Garry Winogrand, Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander and Dorothea Lange. That same year Thin Red Line was in theaters next to Saving Private Ryan and my mind was blown. I went to photo school in Santa Barbara. I taught high school photography in central LA. I moved to Texas and worked as an editorial shooter for some of my favorite magazines. I started directing short docs then commercials. Now here we are.

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