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ASMP has a great offer for members who renew early or join! Act before December 15th and receive an advance copy of the new book, The ASMP Guide to New Markets in Photography --- a $24.95 value! --- which reveals how to succeed in an evolving business climate and addresses the changing role of the photographer; branding and marketing in the digital age; the importance of staying ahead on technology; the significance of copyright, licensing, compensation, and contracts; and case studies featuring over 30 photographers. In addition, be among the first 100 to renew in your Membership category or join, and you'll also get a great looking ASMP baseball cap! To find out more, click here.


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ASMP needs your help in the ASMP v. Google lawsuit, probably headed to trial in 2013. (For background on the lawsuit, go here). We are looking for specific usage information about any of your images that have appeared in books, magazines and other publications which Google could have scanned. Please visit this link for more.

  • ASMP has filed comments at the US Copyright Office in connection with its study of alternative remedies for small copyright claims. To read the comments, go here.
  • ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik, General Counsel Victor Perlman and General Member Alan Karchmer met with various representatives of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The primary focus of the discussions was the Memo of Understanding and master release form. The meeting was in a very cooperative spirit and there will be more to report going forward as we work with AIA on a number of important issues.
  • A belated victory was achieved for a case ASMP supported. Almost a year after two student journalists were arrested, the mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, announced that the charges they were facing had been dropped. The two students, one from Georgia State's The Signal and the other from Kennesaw State University's The Sentinel, were covering an Occupy Atlanta protest and were arrested after the police claimed they were obstructing traffic.
  • U.S. District Judge Harold Baer of New York dismissed an infringement lawsuit brought by the Authors Guild and other writers' guilds, saying the universities had a fair use defense. The guild accused the University of California, University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, Cornell University and University of Michigan of wanton copyright infringement for scanning and placing the books into the so-called HathiTrust Digital Library. The trust consists of 10 million digital volumes, 73 percent of which are protected by copyright. "The trust provides full-text searches only with a rights holder's permission, and gives full-text access for readers with certified print disabilities," Baer said. This decision is currently being appealed.
  • ASMP, Professional Photographers of America (PPA), National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), American Photographic Artists (APA), Graphic Artists Guild (GAG), and Picture Archive Council of America (PACA) have joined together to submit a letter to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, House of Commons London about proposed changes to UK copyright law. Representing the interests of creators and copyright owners of visual works in the United States, the letter expresses deep concern with the provisions in Clause 68 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill affecting copyright owners in visual works. The letter states, "Legalizing the usage of foreign works without the knowledge and permission of the copyright owners will jeopardize the exclusive rights of those owners." To learn more, go here. Read the letter here.

New! Webinar looks at Successful Stock Licensing

Join us for a conversation with Sarah Fix, VP Creative of Blend Images on December 12, 2012, 1:00 - 2:00 pm eastern. We'll discuss how changes in supply, demand and distribution technologies continue to affect the stock industry and what you can do today to make licensing your stock images a profitable part of your business. You can submit questions via chat or twitter during the live webinar. Click here to receive notification when registration for this webinar is open. ASMP's new Business as unUsual webinar series focuses on providing information professional photographers can use right now to build or expand their businesses. We provide the experts, you provide the questions. If you have ideas for future topics, please contact

Oops! If you missed Mary Virginia Swanson's webinar on November 7th - it will be available on line soon at

New! 2013 Seminars
In January 2013, ASMP will debut new education programs with former ASMP President Richard Kelly and with Bill Cramer of Wonderful Machine. Kelly provides an entertaining and informative look at everything you need to know about Releases, Trademarks & Privacy Rights to protect your assets and add value to your photos. Cramer's Real World Pricing & Negotiating uses real projects from real photographers to help you understand how to price and win jobs. For further details, go here. If you would like either of these seminars to come to your chapter, talk with your chapter leaders.


ASMP's Executive Board met on November 2, 3 & 4 in New Orleans. Minutes of the meeting will be available soon.


Abigail Gumbiner's Sculpted photograph, Chrome #5, has been chosen for the 2012 Art of Photography Show in San Diego. The finalists were judged and selected from almost 17,000 entries from 77 countries. 100 selected works, including Chrome #5, will be on exhibit for six weeks in the San Diego Art Institute "Museum of the Living Artist" in Balboa Park. To view Abigail's work go to

Albert Watson's Vintage Photographs Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Cyclops will be displayed at the Hasted Kraeutler, 537 West 24th Street, NY, NY until December 8th. For more info, go to

In the spring of 2005, National Geographic photographer and ASMP member James Balog headed to the Arctic to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth's changing climate. The film Chasing Ice is the story of his mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. You can view show times for the film here.

Arthur Grace's exhibition, Choose Me: Arthur Grace's Portraits of a Presidential Race, will be on display through January 6, 2013 at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. This installation highlights selections from a project Grace undertook for Newsweek magazine, which culminated in a book featuring the candidates of the 1988 campaign. Learn more here. Additionally, Grace's newest book, America 101, in which he has assembled pictures from his personal archives, has been published by Fall Line Press. For more info, go here.

Becky Sahm has been working with the Focal Press on a book by Ken Kobre, author of bestselling textbook, Photojournalism: The Professionals' Approach. The new book is VideoJournalism: Multimedia Storytelling and information is available here.

Maxwell MacKenzie has an exhibition, "Helter Shelter" displayed at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Headquarters at 1735 New York Ave NW in Washington DC through the end of the year.

Jimmy Williams' Martin Guitar campaign continues. To see the entire campaign, go here.

Mark Chester had a book signing for Twosomes at Boston University's Barnes & Noble.

In Memoriam: Michelle Vignes passed away on 5 October 2012, at age 84. She had a lifelong commitment to photography and was an active ASMP member. The ASMP Board of Directors has voted to make her a posthumous Life member. Vignes studied philosophy before working with Cartier-Bresson at Magnum Photos, established in 1947 to give photographers the freedom to work outside the constraints of commercial journalism. She later became a picture editor at the Paris headquarters of the United Nation's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). She moved to San Francisco in 1966. In 1999, she was awarded the Order of the Arts & Lettres given by the French Ministry of Culture. In 2002, Vignes' photographs of the American Indian Movement were exhibited in France. She had recently received the Oakland Museum of California's Dorothea Lange Award for distinguished work by a woman photographer.


ASMP Executive Gene Mopsik attended a number of events while in New York for PPE, including the Young Photographers Alliance, the ASPP Copyright Event, the Aperture Gala, Visual Connections, and a PLUS Board meeting followed by the annual Adobe reception.

Mopsik and General Counsel Victor Perlman traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the U.S. Copyright Office's stakeholder meeting which discussed the future of the document recordation service and access to Copyright public records.

ASMP National Board Member Irene Owsley is Chair of the Executive Board of FotoDC, which produces FotoWeek DC taking place through November 18th. She and past ASMP DC chapter co-President, Hannele Lahti also served on the FotoWeek DC Awards Competition Committee and Irene headed up and organized the youth contest.


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Don't wait too long - this offer is good through the end of the year!

Save the Date!

ASMP members qualify for a 10% across-the-board discount on all activities at Connect 2013, the Palm Springs Photo Festival which will be held April 28-May 3, 2013. The Festival is an intense week-long event for professional, emerging and serious advanced amateur photographers. Get the discount code here. and visit to get all the details and register.


ASMP members get a 15% discount on all FotoWeek EDU seminars. FotoWeekDC has a selection of outstanding exhibitions, as well as a variety of seminars, lectures, workshops, portfolio reviews, photo book displays, special events, and receptions, including more than 100 partner events throughout the region. The event goes through November 18th. To get the discount, go here.

Apple Offers Discounts

ASMP's Apple Association Member Purchase Program includes:

• Special member discounts on Apple products (Discounts up to 17%)
• Free standard shipping on orders over $5
• Quarterly promotions
• A news page that details the latest deals and new products
• Note: Look for special promotions from Apple starting on Nov. 20!

Apple also offers a 24-month 0% leasing option (some restrictions apply) on new hardware and software. Find out more here.

Zipcar Deals

If you sign up through ASMP, you can become a Zipcar member for an annual fee of only $25. (The usual $75 setup fee is waived.) You also get a discounted driving rate Monday-Friday. (The rate and the discount will vary from city to city.) Learn more.


Capture Shares Stories Behind the Images

Capture is a fresh and informative look at the art of photography and the stories behind the images. In each episode, renowned celebrity lensman Mark Seliger invites a world-class photographer and celebrity photo-buff into his NYC studio to share the stories behind their images and discuss their common passion for the art of photography. The newest featured photographer and celebrity guest is Bob Gruen and Kevin Bacon and you can view it here.

NANPA Hosts Student Scholarship Program

The North American Nature Photography Association is offering ten high school students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a week of intensive workshops and personal instruction with world renowned photographers and industry experts. NANPA is hosting its fourteenth annual High School Scholarship Program in Jacksonville, Florida from February 24th through March 3rd. Students must submit an application on line by November 31st. For more info, go here.

Sony World Photography Awards Competition Open

Whether you are just starting out or a fully-fledged professional you can enter whichever competitions you believe suit your level and experience. These competitions are an opportunity to showcase your skills and work to a global audience. A range of competitions are now open for entries. Find out more here.

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