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ASMP Symposium Details Announced

ASMP's upcoming symposium, Sustainable Business Models: Issues & Trends Facing Visual Artists, will bring together thought leaders to discuss the impact of shifts in the industry, and creative approaches to compensation that will lead to sustainable business models for imaging professionals. The event is free, but you must register to ensure a seat. The symposium will be held Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 9 AM to 4 PM at The TimesCenter, 242 West 41st St, New York, NY, and streamed live for those who cannot attend the event. There will be three panel discussions during the day.

Morning sessions will be moderated by Jay Kinghorn.

  • Current Distribution Models that Offer Compensation to Creators with panelists: Liz Miller-Gershfeld - VP and Senior Art Producer, Energy BBDO, Allen Murabayashi - Chairman and co-founder, PhotoShelter, and Susan White - Executive Director, Trunk Archive and former director of photography at Vanity Fair

The afternoon presentation will be moderated by Richard Dale Kelly.

  • The Challenge: Sustainable and Ongoing Creator Compensation with panelists: Kevin Fitzgerald - CEO, Copyright Licensing Agency (United Kingdom), Rob Haggert - Editor, A Photo Editor and former director of photography for Men's Journal and Outside Magazine, Henry Oh - Principal, Transpecific Media, and Stephen Mayes - Managing Director, VII photo agency

Don't miss this event... REGISTER HERE


Help ASMP Support a Great Cause

ASMP is partnering with a great cause called Kick-It to raise money to "kick" cancer out of every childhood. Led by NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon's Foundation, The I’m Kicking It campaign's goal is to collect one million photo messages about childhood cancer. To participate, go here to download and print the Kick-It “sign” with the ASMP logo. On each sign, you’ll write a message to show support for children with cancer. Take as many photos as you want - with the sign visible in each photo. Be as creative as possible! Then upload your photos to the Facebook community page (be sure to TAG yourself) or email them to during the week of June 25-29. That’s ASMP’s special week when our photos will be judged. Jeff Gordon will be judging the ASMP submissions and the winner will get an autographed kickball. Find out more here. Let's Kick-It together!

  • U.S. Judge Denny Chin has issued an opinion upholding ASMP's rights and denying Google's motion to dismiss the class action lawsuit brought by ASMP and several other organizations. The motion to dismiss had been based primarily on Google's assertion that ASMP and other trade associations did not have standing to bring a copyright infringement suit on behalf of members. In his ruling, the Judge asserted that "given the sweeping and undiscriminating nature of Google's unauthorized copying, it would be unjust to require that each affected association member litigate his claim individually." According to ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik, "We are delighted that Judge Chin has validated the ability of trade associations to represent their members, which is one of the primary benefits of joining ASMP and other associations." ASMP General Counsel Victor Perlman said, "As a result of this decision, our suit to stop Google's unauthorized scanning and display of massive amounts of copyrighted materials will be able to move forward in the courts."
  • In other Google news, the company has ended legal disputes with a French publishing trade group and a French authors' association over the U.S. company's scanning of books. The Syndicat National de l'Edition, representing more than 600 publishers, and the SGDL Society of Authors agreed with Google to end litigation over Google's scanning of copyright-protected books without permission. Google is working to improve its relationship with French industry groups and regulators after disputes over privacy and access to copyrighted content.
  • The United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, has ruled for defendant Daniel A. Moore in the case The Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama v. New Life Art, Inc. and Daniel A. Moore, a case in which ASMP had submitted an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief in 2010. The ruling stated that "Moore's depiction of the University's uniforms in his unlicensed paintings, prints, and calendars is not prohibited by the prior licensing agreements. Additionally, the paintings, prints, and calendars do not violate the Lanham Act because these artistically expressive objects are protected by the First Amendment." At issue was the extent to which artistic expression is protected by the First Amendment when trademarked items are used in artwork. ASMP urged the Court to protect Moore's art and is pleased with this decision.Read the decision.

The Photographers Helping Photographers Chapter programs have been a success with 13 (either presented or scheduled) to date. Presenters include ASMP Past President Jim Cavanaugh and Board Members Ed McDonald and Jenna Close. According to Jenna Close,
"These programs are structured to provide examples of how photographers have either started or adapted their business in the changed marketplace. It's a casual evening and audience members are encouraged to ask questions about the business of photography and receive honest answers from someone whose business is succeeding despite the economy." Proceeds of the evenings go to YPA (Young Photographers Alliance), whose mission is to empower young and emerging photographers through education, good business practices and mentorship opportunities. These programs will run until the end of the year and the Chapter that brings in the most money gets a customized pop up banner. Chapter leaders should contact Elena Goertz to schedule.

Look for the Fall 2012 ASMP Seminar schedule to be announced later this summer!


Brad Feinknopf has been the subject of three recent interviews, two on architectural websites. They are ArchDaily, Archinect, and Hongkiat. Last year he was the cover story for a French magazine.


Dorie Hagler's project, Keeping Faith, was published in the San Francisco Chronicle's online photography feature, Framework. Read more: Dorie Hagler: Taos Traditions


Mikkel Aaland publishes an e-newsletter called World of Light which includes tips, reviews and responses to questions. You can sign up here.


Douglas Peebles new hardcover book Islands of Wonder, Kauai was recently released by Mutual Publishing.


David Katzenstein's project Bronx Portraits has just launched as an exhibition at the Forward Thinking Museum. Read about it here.


Lynn Goldsmith's work will be shown June 23rd - October 7th at an exhibit at The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles entitled Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present. More information here.



ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik traveled to New York and was joined by ASMP President Shawn Henry, Gail Mooney, Tom Kelly, Bruce Katz and number of members of the NYC Chapter Board to take part in presenting the 2012 Arnold Newman Prize to Steven Laxton. The Prize was established by the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation in 2009 to recognize and reward excellence in new directions in photographic portraiture. The prize is funded by the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation with support from Maine Media Workshops, ASMP and Photo District News.


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Adobe Bootcamp Discount

Adobe Bootcamp is an all-inclusive event designed to provide the most cutting edge certified training courses, as well as certification exams - all in one location at one time. Get trained at all levels of Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Flash, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. The Bootcamp runs July 9-20 in Washington DC. and ASMP members get a 10% discount. To learn more and get the discount, go here.


PHOTOVILLE: A photo destination

From June 22 - July 1st, PHOTOVILLE will transform a veritable village of freight containers in Brooklyn into temporary exhibition spaces. There will be a mix of exhibitions, lectures, hands-on workshops, nighttime projections and more. On Saturday June 30 from 12:30pm - 1:15pm, there will be a presentation from ASMP's Gail Mooney on The Future of Photography: Are we over saturating our culture with imagery or is visual imagery simply the foremost way we communicate? Find out more.


On the Road Again...WPPI University

ASMP is a General Sponsor of WPPI University, 2-day summer workshops for emerging photographers who envision a successful future in photography. Participants can sharpen technical skills, learn how to run a profitable business, and break out from the pack using top marketing tips from industry leaders. There are 4 cities to choose from: Fairfield, NJ - June 25/ 26; Atlanta, Georgia - July 24/ 25; Las Vegas, Nevada - August 13/ 14; and Portland, Oregon - September 5/6. Learn more.


Digital Video Expo East Coming Up

DV Expo East returns to New York at the Metropolitan Pavilion on June 20 with more exhibitors, education, networking, and conference content. DV Expo East is quickly becoming the premier destination for content creation professionals to explore the latest technologies, learn from world-class professionals and connect with peers who share the same passion. ASMP Motion will debut it's "sizzle reel" and Gail Mooney, Chris Hollo and Tom Kelly will be at the ASMP booth (#33) so be sure to visit! Find out more.


Dii Workshop Registration Open

The program details are available and registration is now open for The Digital Imaging Institute's Grand Teton/Yellowstone Imaging in Ophthalmology Workshop, September 12th -15th. You can find information here.


Photos Needed

Richard Kroll is working on a film project for which shots of the following are needed: inside La Mesa Prison (Tijuana, Mexico) from late 90s to 2002, when President Fox bulldozed the notorious small town inside known as "El Pueblito" or "Las Carpas". Crowd scenes would be good. Also needed are photos from the past 15 years about Mexican drug cartels, war on drugs in Mexico (especially in Tijuana)-- graphic images of raids, arrests, shootouts and aftermath, drug & weapons confiscated, bodies, etc. Contact


PhotoShelter Guide Available

PhotoShelter's latest free guide, The 2012 Photography Blog Handbook, is now available. It contains tips, strategies and steps to managing a successful blog. You can check it out here.


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