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If you didn't attend the recent ASMP symposium, Sustainable Business Models: Issues & Trends Facing Visual Artists in New York, you can view it all online here.


PDN/Photo Plus Expo Events

The 2012 PDN PhotoPlus Conference + Expo will take place on October 24-27, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. PhotoPlus remains the largest photography event in the United States and, once again, ASMP will be participating.

  • ASMP's Annual Meeting will be held October 24th, 4 pm, in Room 1E07 of the Javits Center. All ASMP Members are invited and a number of free passes will be given out to ASMP seminars or to the PDN Bash to be held at Madame Tussauds. After the meeting, members are invited to attend the PDN Test Drive, a preview of PhotoPlus exhibitors and enjoy refreshments sponsored in part by ASMP.
  • Visit ASMP's booth #1259 at the Expo to talk with board members and staff. We will be flanked by the US Copyright Office answering your copyright and registration questions and the PLUS Coalition showcasing the PLUS Registry.
  • ASMP will be conducting free portfolio reviews/consultations at our booth. Additionally, ASMP members will receive a 20% discount at the portfolio reviews being conducted by the Palm Springs Photo Festival (see details under Member Benefits).

More details on PPE are available here.


ASMP Protests Law Enforcement Behavior

ASMP has partnered recently with the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) to object to policies and behaviors of law enforcement officials toward imaging professionals which we believe impacts their First Amendment rights. A couple of weeks ago, ASMP, NPPA and other associations issued a letter to the Los Angeles Police Commissioner concerning a controversial Special Order under which LAPD officers can document "suspicious behavior," including taking photographs or videotaping, which they believe could be linked to terrorism. More recently, ASMP and NPPA sent a letter to Commissioner Kelly of the NYPD to follow up on earlier communication with him and report on disturbing new incidents. The letter states " Given these ongoing issues and incidents we believe that more is needed in order to improve police press relations and to clarify the ability of credentialed and non-credentialed journalists to photograph and record on public streets without fear of intimidation and arrest." ASMP is on top of the situation and will continue to advocate and report results.


ASMP Bulletin App is Here!

The Bulletin, the official journal for ASMP members, is officially in the iTunes store. Published five times a year, the Bulletin is a respected source of information for imaging professionals. It contains important information about current industry issues, trends and resources, and also showcases the work of ASMP members. Go here to get the app now!

  • ASMP General Counsel Victor Perlman has been working with members and legal associates in the state of Washington on an important sales tax issue. The Department of Revenue has been taking aggressive and, ASMP believes, unfounded positions to collect WA State Sales Tax from photographers and is considering changes that would result in sales tax being chargeable for many, if not most, commercial assignments. The proposed new rules are in the linked PDF file called 20-25501cr2etall-1.pdf, and the relevant section in it is the last one, WAC 458-20-15503 Digital products. ASMP's WA attorney was present at the Department of Revenue hearing earlier this month and members have helped support ASMP's position by sending letters and attending the hearing. ASMP will continue to keep members updated.
  • ASMP is one of the plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit Freedom of Speech Coalition v. Holder, challenging the constitutionality of certain federal record-keeping requirements imposed on photographers whose work shows nude or semi-nude subjects in sexually explicit poses or actual or simulated sexual conduct. The photographs can be fine art, commercial, editorial, etc. - it does not matter. ASMP General Counsel Victor Perlman asked ASMP's members for information to be used in this lawsuit and nearly 400 of you replied - thank you! We will keep you posted.

ASMP launches new webinar series: Business as unUsual.

This new webinar series focuses on providing information professional photographers can use right now to build or expand your business. ASMP provides the experts, you provide the questions. Come join the conversation! Our inaugural webinar will feature renowned creative consultant, author and educator, Mary Virginia Swanson . The conversation will focus on editing your work to show your unique vision, presenting your work in print and electronic portfolios, marketing your work to different audiences and identifying new markets for your photography. You can submit questions via chat or twitter throughout the live webinar on: November 7, 2012, 1:00 - 2:00 pm eastern. Click here to receive notification when registration for this webinar is open.

We welcome your suggestions for future topics and interview subjects. Please send your thoughts to Judy Herrmann


Streets of Fire, an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at Bruce Springsteen as you've never seen him before, has just been released by HarperCollins Books. This collection includes more than seventy black-and-white photographs by photographer Eric Meola , lyrics by Bruce Springsteen, and an essay by Joyce Millman. All proceed of the author's are donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

Peter Turnley was recently covered in the New York Times Lens Blog "Four Decades Of Photographing The Human Condition" which can be seen here . Peter's photographs are currently on exhibit, "La Condition Humaine," at the Galerie Agathe Gaillard in Paris, 3 rue du Pont Louis Philippe.

Stefan Falke has started an online fundraiser campaign for his project 'LA FRONTERA: Artists along the US Mexican Border.' Falke, who has photographed artists in Tijuana, Tecate and Mexicali, decided to continue his work along the entire 2000 miles long border to put a spotlight on the vibrant cultural life along the border that most people in the US and elsewhere know very little about. More information is available here.

Art Wolfe, Frans Lanting and Thomas D. Mangelsen are presenting a unique weekend of photographic inspiration: The Masters of Nature Photography Seminar, November 9 - 11 in San Francisco. For more information, visit

Margaret McCarthy's photograph "Between Lives" is featured on page 85 of the latest issue of MUSÉE Magazine, #4.

Al Satterwhite's latest book project, "The Racers," was reviewed on CNN's photo blog.


ASMP President Shawn Henry will be a panelist at the American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) New York event entitled "The New Copyright Economy" on October 23rd.

ASMP Board Member Gail Mooney, who is on the Advisory Committee and a juror for the International Motion Art Awards, will also be a panelist at their symposium in New York on November 8th.


Prosurance Expands Coverage to Motion

ASMP's Prosurance policy from Taylor & Taylor will now be available to ASMP members doing both live action and still photography so long as the annual revenue from live action is under $200,000 with no single project exceeding $30,000. Read more here.

Aperture at Sixty

You are cordially invited to the Aperture Foundation Sixtieth Anniversary Gala Dinner and Photography Auction. It will take place on Tuesday, October 23, starting at 6 pm, in Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway (36th Street), New York City. To view the art works being auctioned, visit To obtain tickets to the gala, email ASMP members get preferred rates!

Special Offer for PhotoPlus

ASMP members are invited to attend the annual 2012 PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo brought to you by The Nielsen Photo Group. At the Javits Convention Center in New York City, October 24-27, you can choose from more than 90 conference seminars and intimate hands-on labs. ASMP members who purchase any PhotoPlus conference seminar (starting at $85) will be automatically upgraded to include a free Gold Expo Pass ($60 value). Learn more here.

Eyeist Extends 15% Discount

Eyeist, the new online photography review service is offering a 15% discount on all reviews for ASMP Members. Book a review with an Eyeist world-class photography expert, and get your portfolio or website in shape, your images edited, or have a real-time private consultation that will help you take the next steps with your photography and career. To learn more, go here.

Discounts on Portfolio Reviews at Photo Plus

The Palm Springs Photo Festival will be offering the Official Portfolio Review Program at Photo Plus this year and ASMP is a sponsor. The event is held the Jacob Javits Center in New York October 25 - 27th and ASMP members get a 20% discount. To find out more, go here.

ASPP NY Offers Discount on Seminar

The American Society of Picture Professionals' seminar on The New Copyright Economy is coming up on October 23rd from 9am to 1pm at The Scandinavia House in New York City. The expert panel includes ASMP President Shawn Henry and will be moderated by Roy S. Kaufman of the Copyright Clearance Center. To find out more, go here.

PACA Conference Discount

There's still time to make plans to attend PACA's 17th Annual International Conference in Chicago on October 19-21. ASMP members receive a $100 discount for conference admission. Go here for the details.

Film Presentation Discount

On the evening of Friday, November 9, the Geographical Society will feature ASMP Board member Gail Mooney, who will present her film Opening Our Eyes. The event will be held at the WHYY studios near Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Members of ASMP get the GSP/WHYY member price for the reception and/or the presentation. For more, go here.


Tribute to W. Eugene Smith

The 33rd Annual W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography and Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism will given the evening of October 17 at The School of Visual Arts Theatre in New York. The event is free and more info can be found at

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